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Old 06-17-2002, 10:51 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 06-17-2002, 12:23 PM   #2
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Was it a general dentist who did it? If so, he should have stopped and sent you to a specialist when encountering any difficulty. NEVER have a general dentist do specialized work, its too risky.

Old 06-17-2002, 02:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for responding, it was at a university dental clinic. You hit the nail right on the head. Once before I had a general dentist do a crown and it was a nightmare and it looked horrible just some square boxy shape to the tooth, plus he ground half of the crown away plus the tooth above it. Since I've had several crowns done by a prostodonist, everything was a piece of cake and they're beautiful,look perfect cusps all perfectly shaped and bite perfect and no grinding away to get it to fit. Moral of story, want good high quality work go to someone trained in it and does it everyday.

Old 06-18-2002, 12:37 PM   #4
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Thanks for mentioning the Prosthodontist. About a year ago I had nine fillings done on my rear molars through this new crappy technology gimmick called air abrasion where they do multiple teeth at once. Boy did I live to regret it. As with crowns, anything which alters the occlusal balance of the top and bottom jaw is dangerous. In my case my bite is permanently different and I have had one tooth refilled twice in one year, not to mention the number of times it has been shaved down. I always said the dentist that did the original procedure cut the teeth wrong(with round craters) on the surface of the teeth.
So I am due to go back in two weeks for my third shaving of the tooth. I saw like 5 general dentists that could not identify that the tooth wasn't hitting the bottom one correctly?!!!

My current general dentist insists that not enough tooth was removed to cause that much damage but I don't know. As a last resort if the final shaving doesn't do it, I may end up going to a prosthodontist. BUt after my bad experience, anything that has to do with permanently altering the surface crown of the teeth I will go to a specialist(prosthodontist and endodontist for root canal) for it.

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