The other major consequence of non-holistic dental treatment is root canal treated teeth. When the pulp (nerve) of a tooth becomes devitalized (dies) through decay or trauma, often root canal treatment is recommended as an alternative to extraction of the tooth. A root canal procedure cleans out the main canal or canals (most commonly there are 1-3 main canals in a tooth) of all nerve tissue – both alive and necrotic. Then a root canal filling is placed.
The majority of the tooth is made up of dentin, which has many microscopic canals radiating from the main canal(s). These are large enough to allow bacteria to remain in them, but too small
to be cleaned out. Therefore, a root canal treated tooth will be a reservoir of bacteria. Furthermore, root canal treated teeth are non-vital (dead) and will eventually attract scavenger bacteria since the energy around a dead tooth is different from the energy surrounding a live tooth.
Non-vital (root canal treated) teeth can harbor a focal infection. Such an infection can then affect other parts of the body (through acupuncture or nerve pathways), and/or be a chronic stress on the immune system.