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Old 04-23-2007, 08:09 AM   #1
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Bad taste after root canal continues

I am so torn at this point as to having a tooth removed because of this awful taste that won't go away. 6 months ago I had a root canal through a crown, this bad medicine/metallic taste has been bothersome eversince. Last week my dentist removed the crown to replace it, and there was a small area where the cement looked like it didn't hold, so perhaps bacteria got under although he says it looks okay. The taste is so bad at this point I can't stand it and the dentist says he has grown to attached to saving this tooth to remove it. What could possibly be causing this horrible taste? Anybody else have this problem.They pushed the temporary crown pretty deep to make sure nothing could get under it but the taste persists and it fact is worse. The new crown will be ready in a few weeks but is it worth it at $650 if the taste continues, am just losing hope here. Should I just have the tooth pulled?
Thanks for any advice.

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Old 04-23-2007, 09:55 AM   #2
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Re: Bad taste after root canal continues

i know about losing hope. it is hard to know when to say enough, especially if it is costing you a lot. you might want to try another dentist. that's what i am going to do. save your teeth if you can. it is worth it. God bless

Old 04-27-2007, 07:53 AM   #3
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Re: Bad taste after root canal continues

Someone told me it could actually be the metals in the crown I am tasting. Has anyone else here ever had a sensitivity to metal like that?

Old 04-27-2007, 11:01 AM   #4
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Re: Bad taste after root canal continues

You may want to see an endontist if you are sure the taste is from the tooth with the root canal (it could be an adjacent tooth) - sometimes there can be seepage or leakage from a canal that still has some infection left in the root tips. Also, crowns in general can cause gum recession so pushing the crown deep into the gum line may not be the correct thing to do - you may want to see a periodontist to check if a pocket has developed around the base of the tooth that would allow plaque or tartar to build up beneath the gum surface which can cause this taste (and odor) and can be removed.

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Old 04-27-2007, 02:02 PM   #5
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Re: Bad taste after root canal continues

Hi - If it were my tooth, I would definitely see a periodontist before going through with the procedure. My son had a root canal which also bothered him for a long time afterwards. He finally did have the tooth pulled and had a tooth implanted.(he's very happy that he did) This is expensive, but if you are going to continue to have problems with taste, etc., it's worth having it pulled and saving the $625 and then at some later time having a tooth implanted. Frankly, I wouldn't trust a dentist who told me the tooth was "fine" when I was having the problem you are having. You are wise to question his opinion. A second opinion never hurts, and this second opinion would be from a specialist in that field.
Good luck!

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