after root canal, food now gets stuck between molars. should dentist redo or not?
I had my first root canal procedure completed about two weeks ago. There was a total of three visits. On the final visit, a crown was cemented on.
The bite feels comfortable, but after each meal, food gets HEAVILY stuck between the crown and adjacent tooth. It appears to be an "open contact." Floss gets through quite easily with very little resistance. Whereas on other areas, resistance is needed to get that "snap" of the floss to get in between teeth.
I'm in my 30's and not once have I ever had this issue before. If food remains stuck between the crown and adjacent molar, the gums get sore and painful. Even when I floss the main portions of food out, I really have to play around with the floss to get even more remains of food out. It surprises me how much food actually gets stuck between this area of my teeth.
I visited the dentist to address this issue. He simply advised me to have floss on hand at all times all times to avoid prolonged periods of food getting stuck. He also wrote me a prescription for some oral rinse. This really is a nuisance.
Did the dentist do unsatisfactory work and just doesn't want to redo the crown? Or is there a percentage of patients where this type of issue will be there even though the dentist did a great, detailed job on the rootcanal/crown procedure? Should I let it go or request to get the crown redone? I would greatly appreciate any feedback on this.
during the initial consultation, dentist said that I'd probably loose the tooth.. fortunately, it didn't go there. he did say that it went really "deep."
Last edited by peleke4; 01-20-2009 at 10:15 PM.