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    Old 08-23-2002, 09:44 PM   #1
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    Post Temporary post won't budge --help!

    Went in to get my new (replacement )crown and ...uh oh, after 40 minutes trying, my new dentist couldn't get the temporary post out.. Didn't budge. Tried every device in his tool chest ----nerving racking!!

    Dentist claims he hadn't used any glue on the post. Finally, he put temporary crown back in, saying in the next 3 weeks the post should losen it up, from eating, etc. (??)

    The tooth is near the front, too small (I was told)
    for the post to be taken out with a drill.

    So now I got questions --WHAT to do next?

    How much jarring & twisting can the tooth take
    before something gets damaged? Might the root
    fracture? Get lose?

    What are my options if the post doesn't come out
    easily on the next try?

    Maybe the permanent crown won't fit right after all the stuff done to the tooth?

    Are there dentists who specialize just in crowns &
    posts? I'd like to get a second opinion before going back to my present dentist. But will another
    dentist be honest & objective if a colleague has messed up? Yipes.

    BTW afterwards, the dental tech said she'd never
    seen this happen in the 6.5 yrs she'd worked with him. Anyway, this (new) dentist didn't do a great job on the other crown he did for me, earlier in the summer.

    Advice much appreciated.

    [This message has been edited by sally2 (edited 08-24-2002).]

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    Old 08-23-2002, 10:11 PM   #2
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    Specialists in the restoration & replacement of teeth are called Prosthodontists.

    Old 08-24-2002, 06:25 AM   #3
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    Hi, Sally. I would be careful not to let your dentist keep "working" on getting that post out. I had an old crown removed months ago: my dentist used this vibrating tool on it, to loosen the seal (I had decay under that crown). My dentist removed the decay, then filled the tooth. A few days later, the tooth exploded on me. I didn't sleep for 3 nights, before finally getting an emergency root canal done on it. Now, months later, the tooth still "acts up" on me....
    When I had a bridge made recently, I asked my dentist to just cut the old crowns off, on each side...and so far, those teeth are fine now (though both teeth had decay under the crown). But for a post not coming out, I'm not sure what to do. Hopefully it'll loosen up in time...I guess you'll have to keep a temporary on the tooth, and have your dentist check it every month or so...Just don't let your doctor keep trying to forcibly remove the post. You could really damamge that tooth: then guess who'll be stuck with the cost of fixing it?! This tooth that exploded on me...after my dentist filled the tooth; built it up, then it exploded on me, I had to get an emergency root canal done, then I was charged again for the 2nd build up of that tooth, when I went back to my regular dentist to finish it (and put a new crown on it). I hope it loosens on its own...Good luck to you. Deb47

    Old 08-26-2002, 06:46 PM   #4
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    First of all, what in the world is the benefit of a temp. post!? the temp crown is there to keep everyhting where it should stay, (teeth shift just enough in two weeks to make a difference), and to protect the tooth from temperature, not to mention plaque, decay, etc.. But a temp post? I work in the field and while this may be a frequent practice that I am not aware of, the only reason I can tink of is that the tooth is delicate and needs the strength. But it isn't going to do much good unless it is cemented in! Did they get your temporary crown off? If not I have a feeling I know what happened. In the mean time, I would advise you to get a second opinion. And he/she ethically should not even ask who did the procedure and you should not feel obligated to tell. Yes, roots of teeth can split, the risk of any root canal therapy, and extensive trauma such as you describe.

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