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Old 04-23-2008, 08:11 AM   #1
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Do I need to do a root canal?

Hello all,

I need your help!
I went to see a new dentist yesterday and he found that I have tooth decay on one of my teeth....I wouldnt say its a small one but it didnt reach the pulp and it never / doesnt hurt!


My dentist wants to do a root canal tomorrow and he said that there is a 25% chance he can save it without root canal!

Do you guys think he is fooling me? I got no pain or anything why he cant just drill it and put a filling in it?

Thanks, im trying to avoid the root canal!

 
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:53 AM   #2
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Re: Do I need to do a root canal?

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Originally Posted by mtlguyca View Post
Hello all,

I need your help!
I went to see a new dentist yesterday and he found that I have tooth decay on one of my teeth....I wouldnt say its a small one but it didnt reach the pulp and it never / doesnt hurt!


My dentist wants to do a root canal tomorrow and he said that there is a 25% chance he can save it without root canal!

Do you guys think he is fooling me? I got no pain or anything why he cant just drill it and put a filling in it?

Thanks, im trying to avoid the root canal!
must admit in my experience unless it is hurting you, they dont normally like doing a root canal?
it is possible ,once drilling into the tooth to sort out the decay it could hit a nerve or damage it
but i would of though IMO ,that he would only do the root canal if damage was done to the nerve while drilling the tooth?

i could be wrong as im not a dentist ,just had loads treatment and root canals etc

 
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:02 PM   #3
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Re: Do I need to do a root canal?

There has to be an indication for root canal so I doubt your dentist just wants to do root canal. It must be that the decay is significant and the likelihood is you'll need root canal, but there is that 25% chance the tooth can be restored without it. An x-ray may show the decay hasn't reached the pulp, but clinically it may already be there. Remember, x-rays are static snapshots that are two-dimensional. A pulp horn that's in front or behind the decay on the film can be violated already. I'd trust the dentist to do what's best.

 
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