By Sandi Ganshaw, RDH, MS
For the past couple of months, our office has been fielding calls from people asking if we saw the Netflix documentary on root canals. My first call came from a woman who called desperately seeking advice. She stated that she was the picture of health before the dental procedure, but afterwards started to experience anxiety, depression and an overall feeling of “just not feeling right.” She made an appointment and when she arrived, she was visibly shaken and asked if the doctor would just extract the root canaled tooth. The exam didn’t show any obvious problems, so we referred her to an oral surgeon who does 3D x rays. The same story has been repeated over and over with the same statement, “I just know my illness has something to do with this root canal”.
It’s generally accepted (by holistic medical practitioners) that root canals are not good for several reasons. An infected tooth after being root canaled is a dead tooth, with no blood supply, so it becomes a necrotic nest for festering bacteria. Dr Mercola has said that if the tooth is a candidate for a root canal, the best option is to have it extracted.
There has been both negative and positive reactions to the documentary. Many dentists are incensed – calling it quackery and asking for Netflix to remove it from viewing. Others (patients) are thankful, praising the film maker for telling “a truth” and giving them hope for identifying a potential cure for their illnesses. It makes sense and although I have 3 root canals, the documentary was clear that those with a healthy immune system are more capable of battling the release of bacteria, avoiding many of the negative symptoms.