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taape 02-10-2009 09:23 PM

Root Canal question
I had a crown removed today and as suspected there was decay under it. The dentist drilled out the cavities and got close to the nerve so referred me to the root canal specialists.

The specialists said that I need a root canal. I'm not sure why. Last time it was because the dentist did the same thing with another tooth which pushed the infection into the nerve and I had an abscess. This time I don't have any pain.

My question is, should the first dentist have just referred me over for a root canal and not tried to fix the cavities? Are some root canals done and the cavity part just left in the tooth? I'm not thrilled to be drilled on twice for the same problem. Plus, I guess after the root canal if the cavities had to be drilled out I wouldn't feel them like I did today.

What questions should I be asking the specialist. I don't understand why I need a root canal since I don't have pain except for the work that was done today that caused pain. Thank for any help. I have my app't with the specialist soon.

Becky2008 02-11-2009 04:38 PM

Re: Root Canal question
Your dentist did the right thing by getting the decay out. The decay all needs to be removed or you will be wasting your money on the root canal as the tooth would still continue to decay. Unfortunately, even if you weren't having pain, the decay probably went all the way to the nerve and this is why you need the root canal. If you didn't have pain before, you would have had it soon, or possibly not at all if the nerve already died. Either way, the root canal would have still been required. Good luck and sorry about your bad luck. The root canal shouldn't be painful though.

taape 02-11-2009 10:04 PM

Re: Root Canal question
Thank you for answering Becky. Ok, I'm glad the dentist did the right thing. I was worried there for a minute.

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