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Root Canal help - Shapeshifter - 12-26-2013 12:52 PM

Hi James (and everyone!),

I have had my two front (dead) teeth treated with root canal surgery three times each in the last 15 years since I first needed them. (They were never sure why my teeth died, they thought previous trauma from years prior). I still have a not so great sensation in one of the teeth (which incidentally is also stained a dark grey color which none of the dentists nor root canal specialist - forget the name for that right now- could figure out what it was from, nor did any bleaching or white fillings ever get rid of it for more than a few days) which I let my last (expensive specialist) doctor know about. He said the infection was definitely gone (apparently X-rays can show that??) so he thought that maybe the bone had grown over into the other dead tooth and formed a bridge since I am missing buffer tissues in there now (between the teeth). He said it may always feel 'funny' because of that esp. after grinding my teeth (which I may do sometimes, however my front teeth don't touch my bottoms, not without so really contorted movements on my part which I have to doubt I do in my sleep but who knows) and he could try to break it by twisting my tooth but it would grow back and also my tooth could break and I would need a replacement.

So I opted to not do anything about it. That was about 2 -3 yrs ago now and I wonder if it is still infected or not and if it might contribute to what feels like a chronic low grade sinus infection and ear infection as well as having general lowered immunity to whatever winter bug is in the air.

I read your old posts on cure zone about using ozone therapy (though I am still not very clear on that therapy and esp about what machines to buy and the cost or how to use them or if there are places to go to get treatments) and also about using chaparral and pau d'arco either with or without the ozone. (I do have those herbs). I wasn't clear on how much to take (you said high doses), or if that could really clear an infection in the roots once they were sealed up.

I understand I may need to get retreatments on these root canals every so many years (this doctor said it should last 15 but I am skeptical) but my only other options are getting implants (expensive and possibly may not take? I don't know much about them still) or a bridge (can damage the teeth holding it so they may also die and they are hard to clean). I don't like how the tooth looks and would like to do something (veneers are not an options since it's too thin to add one too as they would have to shave it more and it would crack) but mostly I am concerned about my health and I had forgotten to mention this when I mentioned all the other things I was struggling with. I have no idea if this is an underlying cause or not. Also concerned about how many x-rays I had to my head from all of those visits (a lot!).

Could you tell me what you would advise in this case? And if you know about implants verses root canals? (Since they are my very front teeth I can't just take them out without replacing.. well I COULD but would not want to! Since I don't want to talk with a whistle for the rest of my life and make babies (and adults) cry when I smile. LOL. Smile). .

Thank you!!!

RE: Root Canal help - Shapeshifter - 02-04-2014 10:56 AM


So I have been trying to do something about my chronic sinus issues (which I am not sure are related to the root canal or not) lately and decided to try the kefir drops up the nose as James recommends (particularly for fungal infections which I have started to suspect may be the case). I first did neti pot with warm saline for a couple of days because I had some bad congestion again and post nasal drip that was leaving my mouth tasting awful. But the neti pot felt like it leaked down back of through and out nose all day long (which doesn't happen if my sinuses are healthier than they have been this winter). I noticed also my left ear (the one with the tinnitus) getting worse and more congested feeling doing the rinses until I did enough of them to unblock it (though would only feel temporary, always a little bit blocked) but then my nose just kept running (mostly clear by this point). So then I started on the kefir to recolonize but it seems to make my nose run even more and has me sneezing all day. BUT the WEIRDEST part is that I notice not long after doing the drops that my tooth (the front left, the discolored one that has been the root canal tooth that has given me the most trouble) began to ACHE. So I have had this aching sensation (in a supposedly totally dead tooth, and it really looks dead, still nobody, none of the experts can say WHY it has turned GREY!) in this tooth when I do the kefir in my nose.

ANY THOUGHTS on this, ANYONE??? Could I be feeling the bacteria from the kefir getting into my dead tooth and recolonizing it?? I am hoping this is a good sign. Also anyone do this kefir sinus thing on here? Does it start to feel better with time? James recommends doing the drops several times a day for a week. It also causes a burning sensation through my sinuses (assuming due to the acid content) and I am guessing that the extra dripping/running from my sinuses is a reaction to being irrupted by it??

Thank you!!

RE: Root Canal help - Shapeshifter - 03-26-2014 10:08 AM

Another update-

I have discovered that kefir and anything else acidic in my mouth (and so also via sinus irrigation with kefir) aggravates my problem tooth. So I brush my teeth after eating fruits/ drinking kefir and that is helping. I also started coconut oil pulling on the recommendation of a new alternative dentist I will be seeing soon to examine this tooth. And I definitely feel that the oil pulling is helping my tooth feel better. It's still not perfect but those things help and I will see what this new dentist has to say.

I have since recalled that when I was first experiencing problems with this tooth after a second root canal wasn't helping, that dentist (who did that root canal) thought that I was having what he called 'reabsorption' of the tooth by my body and that my teeth grinding was aggravating this. I still am not sure I understand what that means but I hope to have more answers soon.

I also noticed that if I massage the tight muscles on the left side of my jaw near my left ear (the problem ear with the chronic ringing) that my problem tooth (left side front) has uncomfortable sensations as I touch those sensitive areas in my jaw. So I wonder about that connection and if there is nerve damage.

Would still really appreciate and thought/feedback on this. Thank you!