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Root Canals, Dental Implants, Endotoxemia

From “Controversy? Not for Me!” by Ronald S. Carlson, DDS

In dental surgery, we (I do not!) advocate, unlike our medical colleagues, the retention of gangrenous tissues within the oral cavity. You may know them as “root canals.” Controversy abounded 100 years ago about these “root cadaver canals,” but that was swept under the rug of dental history, about 1945. Well evidenced now is the oral-systemic relationship to arthritic conditions and pain, “oral sepsis.”

One hundred years ago, however, we did not have so-called modern dental implants and their open wounds inviting infection. I liken them to stakes being driven into the jaws, being hit with poisoned arrows. A known fact is that 80% of these dental implants are immediately attended with “peri-implant mucositis,” pain, swelling, similar to “gingivitis” or “periodontitis.” Periodontal medicine now encompasses both periodontal disease and per-implant disease – infected open wounds.

Orthopedic surgeons with whom I associate often remark to me about the blackness and cheese-like quality of the bone of the spinal column when they enter a year later to retrieve rusted titanium screws, exactly the same as [used in] dental implants. My experience is the same!

Unlike the orthopedic surgeons, I send tissue samples routinely to Queen’s Medical Center for histo-pathological review and get reports back such as, “present are marked acute/chronic inflammation, fibrosis, granulation tissue, reactive bone, necrotic (dead) bone, cysts, odontogenic tumors, non-supportive condensing osteitis, abscesses with actinomyces” (a gram negative fungal bacteria which produces pus in the body – like candida).

My over 30 years of clinical scientific research has 240 samples that verify the above conditions around root canal teeth and dental implants. Google Endodontic-Endotoxemia: Our Current Dilemma or look for the work of Weston Price, DDS, or George Meinig’s book Root Canal Cover-Up Exposed.

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10 Responses to Root Canals, Dental Implants, Endotoxemia

  1. Wiley Green August 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    You mentioned titanium implants… are you recommending NO (titanium) implants on anyone?
    Do ‘we’ have the same problem with zirconium implants?

    • IABDM August 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Dr. Carlson replies…

      Good day, Dr. Green, and thank you for your question.

      Oral implants are problematic in my view all together, specifically and generally.

      Contrary to other bodily implants covered by tissues, say hip, knee, other, the oral implant is an “open wound.”

      Subject to immigration of myriad vermin, bacteria, fungi, virus, the open wound is a “failure waiting to happen.”

      Recently at UM we had a symposium on From Periodontitis to Peri-implantitis…June 2014.


      1) Periodontits versus Peri-Implantitis: Pathogenesis

      2) Current Approaches in the Management of Peri-Implant Diseases

      3) Implant prosthetic complications and management

      4) Lasers for the Treatment of Periodontits and Peri-implantitis: Pros and Cons

      5) Current Approaches in Correcting Soft Tissue Recession/Deformities Around….. Implants

      I think the topics speak to the very issue of your question, for the doctor or recipient, as to whether or not one best be performing surgery for dental implants.

      I attended this symposium at my alma mater, University of Michigan (Go Blue), and in essence, the failure rates of the so-called modern titanium or zirconia implant are grossly understated!

      It was reported that within one year of insertion of the “screw post” implant, about 80% of all “screw post” dental implants develop peri-implant mucositis (acute infection) and eventually the advanced disease of “peri-implantitis.”

      In my profesional opinion one should steer clear of these procedures!

      Of course, admittedly, I am very biased, since I advocate the Carlson Bridge® “Winged Pontic” Tooth Replacement Systems:

      Nontheless, Dr. Renvert from Malmo, Sweden, implantologist and periodontal specialist, made a remark about not only “sub-clincal” failures, those not readily apparent and reported by the patient, but what it looks like when you re-enter an area with “peri-implantitis” to surgically “save” the implant by cleaning the infected wound and inserting “bone putty.”

      He said, “…well, when you go back in [to the implant area surgically] it looks like…well…well…it looks like shit!”

      Usually, in three to five years, one will see (estimated now 61%) bone loss (same as with periodontitis), chronic inflammation, pus formation, some pain, but not often since the general nervous system in the Odonton Jaw Segment has been reorganized due to loss of the Odonton (tooth).

      Noteworthy: Not one conversation in the three day symposium touched upon the oral-systemic ramifications — systemic toxemia, bacterium, viremia (blood poisoning).

      I feel they are oblivious to this impact or purposefully not engaging in this conversation.

      Yet, well known nowdays are the oral-systemic implications of “Endodontic Disease” (Root Canal Cadaver Disease) — Apical Periodontitis; and general “Periodontal Disease” — Cervical Periodontitis on the joints, pancreas (Diabetes), cardiovascular system (Stroke, Heart Attack).

      A couple videos on my view of the issue:

  2. Patricia Brown August 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    My phone no is 1 818 970 9097. I Live in Encino, CA. in the San Fernando Valley. I am in desperate need of a dentist that does cavitation surgery. Many years ago I had 7 surgeries to remove necrotic bone under my teeth. Now, It is happening again. Most dentists cannot even see what is going on. I live on social security, so money is difficult. Is there anyone in the Los Angeles area, or close, who would help me. I am in constant pain. I have a broken tooth that is ground down to almost nothing from my denture. Something terrible is going on under that tooth and most dentist don’t have a clue. Where can I go. I am disabled. Please email me and give me the names and addresses of a few dentists who could help me. Desperate, Patricia Brown. PLEASE RESPOND

    • IABDM August 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      We have several member dentists in Southern California who you may wish to consult. You’ll find information about them and their practices in our directory:!/states=CA.

    • Tracy Jo Smith, DDS January 15, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

      My daughter is practicing in the San Diego area, i see the date you sent the request is five years ago… I am so sorry I didn’t see this earlier. She knows as much as anyone about cavitations…
      Please private message me?

  3. Patrice Lewis October 29, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    Do you know of a correlation between root canal and trigeminal neuralgia?

    • IABDM October 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      It’s certainly possible. If you have both conditions together, it would be good to have them evaluated by a qualified biological dentist. Use our directory to find one in your geographic area:

  4. Janet Roy June 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    I had an accident and had root canals done on my top two front teeth. 12 years ago the material deteriorated and one was infected. They were redone. A few years later I had a bump in my upper mouth that turned out to be a fistula from one of the redone root canals that was now abscessed. That was cleaned out with surgery.

    Eventually one tooth broke and I had an implant. I was hoping to get rid of my root canals – the one left, and a new one. Last fall I got two infections – one in the remaining root canal and one in a bottom molar. The front (dead) tooth is still there. The gum area was cleaned out and bone chips put in the empty area. The molar was made into a root canal but doesn’t feel right!!

    I have had fibromyalgia since age 20 (root canals on front 2 teeth were done when I was about 14. I am 67 now and was just diagnosed with breast cancer – found super early – no lymph node involvement. Had a lumpectomy, no chemo required but am having radiation therapy. Cancer was 100% estrogen receptive and after radiation I will take an aromatase inhibitor to block estrogen production in any way in my body for 5 years.

    I have recently been introduced to The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest and am already using natural therapies. There was a section about biologic dentistry and I want to “clean up” my mouth!!! In the book a Nashville dentist say there was a connection between root canals and breast cancer!!

    I knew the root canals had to go but figured I needed to get implants instead. If implants are bad also – what do I do??? I could have the molar pulled and nothing done there cause it wouldn’t be seen, but I really don’t want “false teeth’ for my 2 front teeth.

    My plan is to seek out a biologic dentist awhile after radiation (recovery) and get rid of all mercury and root canals. But I don’t know what I am to do instead of root canals.

    I have a late July appointment with my periodontist about whether I can keep my dead tooth now that the gums above are “not infected – or so it seems”, or if I need to go ahead and get an implant. I don’t know what to do!!

    Advice or direction to information about what I should do would be greatly appreciated!

    • IABDM June 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

      We’re sorry to hear of what you’re going through but proud of you for doing your research and looking for answers and options. While we can’t comment specifically on your health situation, we encourage you to consult with a biological dentist in your area to properly evaluate and explore the possible connections between your oral and systemic conditions. Together, you can map out a treatment plan for addressing the dental aspects in support of your overall healing and well-being.

      If you need to find someone locally, our directory is a good place to start:

      As for replacing teeth, the standard options remain bridges, partials, or implants. There are some new bridge options that don’t require the dentist to sacrifice so much healthy tissue as in a conventional bridge prep. There are also excellent options available for removable partials – lightweight, flexible, aesethetic, and biocompatible. The main thing is that there are options.

      Meantime, for more info on the root canal (and implant) issue:

  5. StefanMulder November 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm #


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