Re: Root canal: didn't use the rubber sheet, gave me a 50/50 success rate!?
Yeah, he did it all at once: popped the fistula, drilled a hole in my tooth and scraped the canals out with tiny little instruments, filled them with that clorox solution, scraped between my tooth roots to get out the dead tooth stuff between the roots (this is why he said it was a 50/50 shot because the center of my tooth was all black in the x-ray: dying/dead/infected).
Maybe from the first shot of novacaine to the time I walked out the door the procedure might've been an hour, but that would include the waiting around and signing papers and stuff... It didn't hurt at all, so I'm happy about that.
He didn't say ANYTHING about 2nd and 3rd treatments. I know all together I have 3 appointments, but I presume they're for the post and crown fittings. The Vitaldent chain dentist I went to was going to have 4 appointments and they gave me a 97% chance of success, but I remember I had a similar success rate quoted for my implant a few years ago elsewhere-- and it failed the first time. Vitaldent had "a specialist" but it turns out he's only 4 years out of dental school and is "currently getting his certification" to be an endodontist. The reason I went with this dentist instead is: 1. he seemed confident and super-nice, 2. he was very upfront, 3. he appeared to be in-demand, 4. he told me the actual cost of a dental implant was only $300... from my previous research I know they only cost $12 to make, but maybe dentists get them for $300, I don't know-- at least he was honest enough to offer that they jack up the prices. 5. he answered all my questions and didn't really try to sway me either way; in fact, he said there was a 50/50 chance so that I know and maybe don't want to "waste my money." (Of course, the alternative options were an expensive bridge or an implant, he didn't really say, "I could just yank it out for $200," but why would he say that, anyway???)
In short, I'm sure an endodontist is better, but around here (NYC), they are VERY expensive. Meanwhile, all the dentists are like, "Eh, no big deal."
But, like I said, I'm worried that he didn't seem to "follow procedure" in that there was no "rubber tent" in my mouth.
PS - oh yes, he prescriped amoxo-something, an antibiotic. I was already finishing up some penicillin; I think they're roughly about the same thing, but he did prescribe Motrin800 and amoxo-whatever.
Last edited by Toofless; 05-16-2007 at 01:38 PM.