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Old 03-28-2006, 08:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I just found out that one of my top front teeth is being affected by external resorption. Basically this means that my body is attacking the periodontal ligament and eating into the tooth itself. The prognosis according to the endodontist was not good.

She referred me to a periodontist who took a look at the x-ray and said that though the prognosis was not good, he thought there was a good chance that it was treatable(whatever the heck that means).

Now the thing with this tooth is that it's been root canaled. So should I just pull the thing anyway? Root canals supposedly are focal points of infection from a holistic point of view.

What I'm worried about is the cost of getting the tooth extracted and then having a bridge made, which will need to drill out some of the neighboring teeth to attach the bridge to...plus the weirdness of having to thread my floss around a fake tooth. I would not get an implant however, that seems to be a bad idea to replace one focal point of infection for another.

So I guess what I'm asking is WWYD?

Any thoughts are welcome...or just tell me that I'm squawking madness!
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Implants are the way to go I feel. Its just a titanium screw with a porciline crown on it. But you may not be a canidate if your boneloss is that bad around the tooth to begin with.

The implant is going to run you about 3K though. (When all is said and done)

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I looked into bridges and implants.

I would not have a permanent bridge nor would I have an implant, neither are IMO good for our teeth or body.

I would go for a removable bridge.

I had a tooth pulled which cost $115 compared to a root canal that the dentist REALLY wanted to do at the price of $1000+. I went with the removal as I want nothing to do with a root canal. From what I have been able to read they seem to fail, and many cause health problems.
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I would not have a permanent bridge nor would I have an implant, neither are IMO good for our teeth or body.
What are the negatives of having a permanent bridge?

Thanks for the replies! ATM I am leaning towards yanking the thing out, and towards a bridge, though I am interested in hearing your thoughts about the permanent ones.
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i've been researching this sort of thing lately (I also have a poor prognosis for a front tooth. argh!). meinig's root canal cover-up talks about this issue and basically says that whether or not to go for extraction depends on the immune system of the person involved. according to meinig, if the immune system is in good enough shape, then root canalled teeth can be a viable option. he talks about energy testing too. i think that if i lost a permanent tooth, i'd probably energy test to see which artificial option would best suit my body.

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If the individual's immune system is battling one or more degenerative illnesses, or if the patient's parents and grandparents had histories of chronic diseases indicating increased susceptibility, Price favored avoiding treatment of infected teeth and recommended the removal of any which had recieved endodontic treatment.

On the other hand, if the patient was in good health and his or her family members were also relatively healthy, this was regarded as an indication the patient's immune system would be capable of controlling the bacteria involved in root filled teeth.

In fact, Price found that 25 percent of patients with family histories free of degenerative diseases, who had excelent immune systems, could expect to have and retain root canal fillings, and live without complications arising therefrom, through old age. This seems to indicate these patients' polymorphonuclear white blood cells are standing guard and doing their work of engulfing and destryoying invading bacteria
quote is from page 203 of meinig's root canal coverup.

I'm also guessing that people who follow a traditional diet would also have healthier immune systems that would be better able to deal with dental infections.

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Thanks for the quote! That's on my list of books to read.

I am guessing my immune system is not strong enough despite eating a nutrient-dense diet. I still am battling allergies. I just got all my amalgams replaced, so hopefully that will help alleviate the problems.

Now if I could just find a good ND out here to help with energy testing...
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I'd definitely recommend checking out the book. Meinig talks about extraction protocols (talks about taking a 1mm border of the socket site to prevent further infections) and also talks about specifics for energy testing dental materials in regards to acupuncture meridians and muscle testing. I think it would be pretty straightforward to take a DIY approach to the energy testing with a bit of research beforehand.

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