I have been around the block with this one recently so I will share my experience and opinion.
I have been posting a lot about
it in the recent months so if you search under threads for "My Dental Cavitation Adventure" or a current "Osteomyelitis" you can see my experience. I will try not to make this long and complicated story not too long and complicated, LOL.
I have been very interested in tooth health and the connection to the body since reading "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A. Price. He was a dentist in the 1930's whose own son died from a root canal. So he traveled the world exploring the connection between diet and tooth health. Anyway, there is a non profit foundation dedicated to his work called The Weston A Price Foundation. I went to one of their conferences in 2010 and heard a holistic DDS talk about
root canals. He was pretty adamant about
the dangers and having them removed. ***HOWEVER***, he was also adamant about
the fine line between being healthy first and having them removed. That always stuck with me and now I understand why. There were also a few in the audience who, during Q&A, told stories of having root canals removed and their health declining.
So I had 2 root canals in #3&4 years ago. They always gave me trouble(pain, bleeding, swelling) but so many dentists always said there was nothing wrong. I finally found a Biological DDS who discovered infection at the root tips in the bone. He and I both decided to have the teeth extracted. And we both thought all my health issues would magically clear up! haha. The oral surgeon who performed the surgery(not holistic) told me I was crazy for doing this, and maybe he was right.
In January 2014 I had the teeth removed, and like you, felt IMMEDIATLEY better. It was amazing! I had more energy, no pain, could even do short hikes. I took a 10 day dose of an oral ABX. But then, one year later, ALL the pain and swelling came back much worse than ever, although I had no teeth. (I use a partial BTW, which is fine for me. Until I am 100% healthy for a long time would I ever consider an implant.)
So I saw a handful of oral surgeons and dentists who did scans/imaging and concluded nothing was wrong and I just needed a new night guard or braces. In the meantime I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme in 2015. When I was in treatment for Lyme (oral ABX) the pain in my jaw did diminish, but as soon as I stopped it would come back. So I knew there was infection/connection there. I live in Europe, like you do I think.
So last December 1, I flew to the US to see a holistic dentist to address the cavitations. I had surgery to repair the infection on the right side of my mouth, including wisdom tooth extraction sites, so 4 areas, and was supposed to have the left side done 6 weeks later but never did. The dentist said the infection was much worse than any of the imaging showed. I too had the Dental DNA Connexions test like Rindy03. If you read any of my other threads you'll see the outcome.
I had many complications and ended up bed ridden and staying in the US until the end of March. The biological DDS washed his hands of me. He's a great guy, but I think my case was more than he knew what to do with. So I saw an oral surgeon in the US who said he thinks I have osteomyelitis in the jaw and need IV ABX. He also said that although he is not "holistic" he NEVER EVER recommends root canals to anyone, under any circumstance. He has just seen too many cases of osteomyelitis following root canals, then extractions. I thought that was pretty profound for a conventional dentist to say! But I think we can agree on that one here! I am still dealing with excruciating pain and mouth ulcers with narcotics barely touching the pain. I will see an oral surgeon next week for a CT scan and treatment plan.
My point is this:
Be very cautious with having them removed! Please! It's a double edged sword. Because, yes, they are toxic, but so is an improperly treated extraction site. Trust me on this one! Osteomyelitis is NOT something to mess around with. REALLY do your research before you jump in. Make sure your immune system is healthy enough. I would highly recommend, like others have said, go slow. Maybe one tooth at a time. Wait months between to see how you handle it. And definitely demand IV ABX before, during, and after your surgery. (A holistic DDS in Switzerland I consulted with does this. Even though he's holistic, he understands the necessity of ABX reaching the bone, which orals do not.)
Incidentally, I did Ozone IV's and injections after my tooth extractions 3 years ago for a month or so but the infection still came back. So while I think ozone is great, and I oil pull with ozonated oil, I don't think it can really help unless you do it faithfully for a LONG time. I don't have access to it now, otherwise I would be doing it. You really need to find a dentist who knows how to deal with these bone infections. Unfortunately, there is a chasm between the dentists who understand this and the doctors who know HOW to treat this.
I feel like for many with Lyme it's a never ending cycle with the root canal issue. I guess it depends how sick you are or how your immune system responds.
I hope you can find the real help you need!! And hope I didn't confuse you more or scare you. Just please be careful! Good luck!
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