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Old 01-17-2006, 09:06 AM   #1
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Root Canal - Need advice - Help Please !!!

A week ago I went to my dentist for a cleaning. He took some xrays and said that my 35 year old root canal showed some "infection" and he recommended me to a "specalist" for "re-treatment" and gave me the xray to take with me.

Now this tooth and the gums around it dont hurt in the least bit. They never have hurt since the original root canal 35 years ago.

So I went to another dentist and asked for a "second opinion", showing him the xray. He replied that he could see no infection in the xray and advised me to leave the tooth alone unless it started becomming painful. He also suggested that opening a 35 year old root canal might be "opening a can of worms".

So today my Wife had to go to this "specialist" that I was supposed to go to and I brought along the xray. He looked at it and said "infection". And then just said it was "my choice" to have it "re-treated" or not.

So what would you do my friends ??????
The root canal and new crown would cost me $600 and I really dont want to spend this on a tooth that feels totally normal.

So what is your advice ???????????

 
Old 01-17-2006, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: Root Canal - Need advice - Help Please !!!

I have the same diagnosis - a root canal gone bad after many years and two good crowns!

I did go to the endodontist (root canal specialist) referred by my dentist, who took HER OWN x-ray and pronounced that yes I did have an infection. If you ask to see the x-ray (mine were digital) you don't need a degree to see the infection. It looks fuzzy and I could see where the bone has pulled away from the infection.

If I were you, I would probably go for another opinion, to another root canal specialist. They will take another x-ray and ask to see it and have them show you where the infection is.

You are more fortunate than I am. Instead of having the root canal redone, I most likely am going to have the whole thing pulled out (crown and all) and have an IMPLANT. It's the only guarantee for me that will work.

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Old 01-17-2006, 09:34 PM   #3
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Re: Root Canal - Need advice - Help Please !!!

Thanks for the reply Karen, I just found a new dentist with a digital xray....... as soon as I can make sure the insurance will cover it I am goint to get another xray.

I am sorry you will have to get your thooth pulled. Who knows, the same thing could happen to me..............

 
Old 01-17-2006, 10:26 PM   #4
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Hi! I think you should follow the maxim If it aint broken(hurting) dont fix it.

 
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Re: Root Canal - Need advice - Help Please !!!

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A week ago I went to my dentist for a cleaning. He took some xrays and said that my 35 year old root canal showed some "infection" and he recommended me to a "specalist" for "re-treatment" and gave me the xray to take with me.

Now this tooth and the gums around it dont hurt in the least bit. They never have hurt since the original root canal 35 years ago.

So I went to another dentist and asked for a "second opinion", showing him the xray. He replied that he could see no infection in the xray and advised me to leave the tooth alone unless it started becomming painful. He also suggested that opening a 35 year old root canal might be "opening a can of worms".

So today my Wife had to go to this "specialist" that I was supposed to go to and I brought along the xray. He looked at it and said "infection". And then just said it was "my choice" to have it "re-treated" or not.

So what would you do my friends ??????
The root canal and new crown would cost me $600 and I really dont want to spend this on a tooth that feels totally normal.

So what is your advice ???????????

 
Old 01-20-2006, 02:37 AM   #6
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After of 35 years is not common to re-treat a Root Canal. It must be treated if in the rx. it appears an infection and the patient comes to the Office with pain or swelling, if his dentist wishes to change a previous work or to prevent future problems. It's very important a deep stydy of the rx. The absence pain does not mean that the tooth is healthy .For example, If You have porcelain Cap that needs to be changed because it doesn't fit correctly. You can't place a new one with a deficient Root Canal although it does not hurt.
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:20 AM   #7
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I would not touch it until it will start hurting you.

 
Old 01-20-2006, 10:39 AM   #8
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Actually, mine never hurt, but the infection in my tooth and root started to eat into the bone. It was horrible. Then the infection got worse and worse and traveled into my bloodstream. I developed a dangerous blood infection from my tooth! I was on strong antibiotics before they could even do an Apicoectomy (retreatment, less painful than the actual root canal, although you do have stitches to contend with). And I had no idea!

I definitely would not let an infection sit there untreated if they are in any way urging you to get it taken care of.

You may develop a fistula which is a bump on the gum which drains the infection, in which case you DEFINITELY need to get it retreated--it's your body's way of trying to deal with the infection itself, and your dentist can help you so it doesn't get serious.

Good luck.

 
Old 01-26-2006, 04:57 PM   #9
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Re: Root Canal - Need advice - Help Please !!!

I thank you all for your help..... I will be going for a fourth opinion in a week....
This 35 year old "root canal tooth" is causing me no pain either in the tooth or the surrounding gums... It feels as good as every other thooth in my mouth...
Some of you have expressed the opinion that I shouldnt bother with it unless it was "hurting" me ... One of the Dentists I took the Xray to said the same thing.....
Another said "it is infected"......... and would love to do a root canal re-treatment....
I no longer know who to believe..... Maybe I should just trust my body ????????

There are all to many medical professionals that hunger for work,; that will reccommend a procedure even when it is not really necessary....

They dont care what pain or cost you might have to incur, they just want to keep up thier XXXXXX income...
After all, they wont be the ones in the Dentists chair under the drill... and they know that it will be my Insurance comany paying the bill so they have no sympathty....

All, out there, have a nice day

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