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Root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities. The smaller branches of the nerve, referred to as accessory canals, are most frequently found near the root end but may be encountered anywhere along the root length. 

Endodontic therapy is a sequence of treatments where the dying/dead infected nerve and bloodvessel of a tooth (pulp)  is  removed and the remaining root canal is mechanically and chemically cleaned and later sealed with a definitive filling. This results in the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. This set of procedures is commonly referred to as a “root canal.”

dIn the event of a root canal treatment the dentist will file down the root canal in order to make them accesible for intruments and also for also for the desinfecting agent. The desinfection of the rootcanal by irrigation has been shown to be the most important step for a succefull treatment. However, one of the biggest problems is that the small accessory canals can not be properly irrigated because of their location and size. These canals can harbour remaining pulp material and bacteria despite proper instrumentation and irrigation by your dentist. This is why rootcanal treatments can give rise to persisting infections. These persisting infections are accompanied by  a chronic local or systemic inflammatory respons depending on the duration of the ongoing infection. These chronic inflammations are usually PAINLESS and therefore left untreated for too long.

Studies published in 2006 and 2009 confirmed once more that the toxins of root canals and the more toxic cavitations of the bone, contribute to the disabling of the programmed cell death of the Cancer P53-P21 pathway enabling cancer cells to form and grow.
Dr Rau published in 2009 an article of 150 women with breast cancer.  All 150 had oral pathology, 147 had root canals and 3 of them had bone cavitations. Interesting was the fact that women with pathology on the left side, had only left side breast cancer, and women with pathology on their right side, had also the cancer on their right side. The teeth that lie in the breast meridians are the upper small bicuspids and the lower first molars.  Dr Rau advices cancer patients to remove these teeth before engaging in surgery or chemotherapy, as they inhibit the bodies ability to stop the cancer cells formation and growth.

A rootcanal can be a hidden reservoir for bacteria without the patient having to be symptomatic. These infection hazard should also be addressed during your dental visit.

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