| | Dentist drilled too much searching for root canals
My #15 tooth had needed a root canal. The dentist typically drills to open access to the canals, on this day though he was having trouble locating them, so the drilling went on and on, by the time he accessed the canals he claimed that so much structure had been removed that now the tooth can only be pulled. He didn't use the aide of an x-ray though to find the canals though, so when he gave me the verdict that the tooth couldn't be saved because simplely too much structure had been removed I was pretty upset. He determined too much had been removed after taking an x-ray after drilling to locate the canals, my feeling was that if he was having trouble he should have taken an x-ray to aide in finding the canals instead of using visualization as his sole means to locate them. Implant is possible of course but the cost is pretty severe but the lenght of the time for the bone to ossify the titanium stud firmly in place 9 months on an upper molar is quite hard to envision enduring. The tooth was decayed yes and would have needed a crown as a crown was already on it,but pulling a 2nd molar no way , don't need that nightmare of migrating teeth and all that entails. Anyway any thoughts on the dentist's method of trying to locate root canals without aide of an x-ray then claiming that he had to remove too much tooth structure.