Tonsil stones and root canal/dental work

by Kerry

I've been plagued with these horrible tonsil stones for years. Lately I've been trying to work out what might have triggered my having them. I reckon I first noticed them after having some root canal work done on a tooth. Can anyone make a similar connection?

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Oct 14, 2018
Tonsil stones. Tooth infection. Filling.
by: Anonymous

I had a really bad infection in my teeth and gums recently and noticed a build up of tonsil stones. I got temporary fillings done and need to go back for a root canal. I noticed the stones were at their worst during the infection which is before I got any dental work done. I'm beginning to suspect that there is a relationship between infection and the stones. It could be that it's not exactly the root canal procedure but the reason for it that causes the stones. I'm actually desperate enough to remove my tonsils to get rid of these stones.

Oct 06, 2014
by: Rick

Hello, i too had a root canal and noticed a few weeks to a month later my first tonsil stones. I am going to get the tooth removed soon as it is infected again. I have read that when you get a root canal the infection never really leaves and i have a " hunch" that the tonsil stones are my bodies way of getting the bacteria out from the now sealed tooth and roots. My brother also has had tonsil stones and has had several root canals on the same tooth. I have never asked him if he thought they were related. I really wish i would have just got the tooth pulled the first time. Anyone else have both (stones and root canal?)

Sep 05, 2014
Tonsil Stone and Root Canal
by: Anonymous

same with me, never had a tonsil stone in my life but just had a root canal on the right side over a month ago and just developed my first tonsil stone on the left side.

Aug 19, 2014
me too
by: Anonymous

yes, there must be a link to this, I remove several stones every week, and they keep coming back non stop. they seem to be under the skin then work their way out, non stop. something is wrong & the root canal tooth still hurts to touch it. the dentist took xrays and said all looks good, i think i will just get that tooth removed, nothing but problems, they had to cut the gum during the root canal to get to some nerve, but pierced thought my sinus, yea problems from the get go.
only odd thing is the root canal is on the right, and most of the tonsil stones are on the left.

Apr 22, 2014
Tonsil stones and root canal work
by: Anonymous

Your experience was truly awful. I hope things are OK now.
My root canal was as the result of trauma to the tooth. Since then several different dentists have taken X-rays and they all have commented that the root canal work is good.
Originally I did wonder if my root canal and tonsil stones were connected, but I am now less inclined to think so.
I don't think I'll ever get rid of the tonsil stones, as I've had them for 17 years now.

Apr 21, 2014
Near Death, Tonsil Stones and Root Canals, yayy!
by: Harmony

I recently went through a very bad anaerobic bacterial infection that originated from my Canine tooth. It caused a disgusting gum boil to form, where my body was attempting to get rid of the infection. After it drained, apparently some of the bacteria migrated north following my skull. What I thought was a bruise, was billions of bacteria colonizing and moving along in my face. It encircled my eye, and if it decided to follow my eyes and go straight to my brain-- it would have killed me.

I was hospitalized for a few days having some of their strongest antibiotics pumped into me constantly.

I then decided to get some X-rays done, which is where I found more bacteria inside of my Canine tooth. I was then scheduled for a root canal.

When I entered and sat down to get my root canal, the dentist performed more x-rays, and became very confused. He then performed tons and tons of other tests on me, and finally he said, "I won't do a root canal unless I have some kind of proof. Your Canine still has its nerves attached and working, and your teeth are in really good shape. I don't see why you would need one."

He sent me home without doing the procedure.

Now that a month has passed, I finally noticed the tonsil stones forming in the back of my mouth. I've scraped a few samples off, and I'm about to go take a look at them under a microscope in my Anatomy and Physiology lab.

I feel like the same bacteria that almost killed me has never fully left. I'm concerned for my life, and I'm desperate to find a way to get rid of it.

One way is simple though:
Anaerobic Bacteria cannot live where there is air. If you can expose the bacteria to Oxygen, you should be able to kill most of it.

Most of our problems should be coming from bacteria within our own mouths. Some of us may brush twice daily, and still end up with this problem. Some of us may have had some kind of trauma on the tooth to start the process of getting a root canal (Say, falling on it, getting punched in the tooth from a fight, or even biting down on something hard).

I would love to help you find some correlations with this problem. You're welcome to email me, or add me on Facebook.

Lets figure this out together.

you're welcome to email me at

Hopefully you're still active on here.

Apr 01, 2013
by: Anonymous

I have had the same thing happen, but backwards. I had had the stones for a few years along with a terrible cavitie. I let the cavitie go for to long and my dentist says I need a root canal. I get one and he places a temp crown on my tooth that stayed there for a year. It finally fell off one day and that same smell those pesky little stones have, took over my whole mouth. Wish I knew if there was a link.

Nov 01, 2012
Tonsil stones and root canal/dental work
by: Anonymous

I never got to the bottom of it. There has been no other people responding so there is probably no connection.

Oct 31, 2012
Same here
by: Anonymous

I had a root canal and a week later, my first tonsil stone! Did you ever figure out how they're related?

Jan 30, 2012
Tonsil stones after root canal
by: Anonymous

Yes. I had a root canal retreatment done. About a week later I coughed out my first tonsil stone. Since then I have had several more over a 6 month period of time

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