I wanted to give everyone an update.
I went to the dentist in Austin, TX. It was a nice drive through the Texas Hill country to get there. However, I didn’t know the extent of what was about to happen once I got the office.
Once I got there I told the dentist my story, gave him copies of my blog from cpnhelp.org, the public medical findings from PubMed, my daily condition chart since starting Rifampin, my Spirostat assay showing B. vesicularis, and my diagnoses. He was definitely more interested than most of the MD’s I’ve seen. We narrowed the start of my symptoms down to the root canal. He then told me stories of people with MS and root canals, lead fillings, and infections and how they can cause trouble. There is a recommended book I will read soon but need to find the time. It’s called, Solving the MS Mystery by Hal Huggins. I figure this will be another perspective to understand.
After the initial information was given, they took x-rays of my mouth. This is where it got crazy. There was my teeth, highlighted areas on many teeth showing my acrylic filings and one tooth that looked like a drilling rig looking for oil; my root canal.
Around the root of the #20 tooth was a dark cloud in the gums next to the tooth’s root. The root lining was not as defined as the others; it is jagged and less definitive than the rest. The dentist said,”Look at that, rat gnaw’ins!” Sure enough, the suspicions of a possible infection in my tooth are coming closer to reality with this finding. It looks like a rat has been gnawing on my tooth.
He explained that my immune system is attacking the tooth and trying to cut it out, like what used to happen before there was dentist. It is an evolutionary immune response to something that shouldn’t be there in the first place. It was explained, just like before, that my body wants it out for some reason. Most likely, the infection is located in the dentinal tubules (tube structures in the tooth) and the infection can’t be touched by antibiotics or my immune system. What a hiding spot.
Instead of a local anesthetic for extraction, it now became conscience sedation, IV antibiotics, IV vitamin C, and an EKG monitor. The antibiotic is for obvious reasons, vitamin C neutralizes the toxins, the EKG because of the heart involvement, and he wants to put me in conscience sedation because he sees it being a higher probability of extraction difficultly.
I declined to get it done that day and will return on April 4th to have it extracted and stay the night in a hotel. He doesn’t want me, as he said it, “bouncing down the road” for 4 hours right after the extraction.
It’s interesting to see a dentist up on “Bacterial MS” as well as other possibilities other than a true autoimmune response. He told me stories of his patients, and if I wasn’t seeing this first hand, I would think he is crazy or a liar. But I don’t so far and I’m willing to be missing a tooth for it.
I don’t know what the future holds with this procedure, but I believe the risk/reward is worth it. My options of a replacement tooth consolidated to just having a bridge, no implant. Like I said, I’m okay with missing a tooth if it helps my recovery.