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Old 05-13-2012, 02:57 AM   #1
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Root canal & crown nightmare

I desperately require some advice as I am in a dreadful situation and don\'t know how to proceed. In October last year I had a new crown fitted to my upper left 2, a crown that I was not happy with in appearance. I went back to the dentist he first of all had to alter the bite which he failed to check when fitting the crown and he also agreed to change the crown. I was concerned about how this would affect my tooth but was reassured it would be fine. In December 2011 I had my new crown fitted following a trip to the dental lab so they could see the problem. The new crown looked great but felt very thin, I began to feel hot & cold through the crown and it generally didn\'t feel right. I returned to the dentist 2 weeks later & continued to return until mid february when I was told I would require root canal on the tooth. This was performed a week later but I returned to the dentist 2 weeks later still in pain. Throughout this saga the crown on my upper right 2 had chipped and was causing me pain so the dentist set to work replacing this crown (a huge mistake in hindsight as the upper left 2 problem was still unresolved). By mid April the dentist re rooted my root canal on my upper left 2 but had to ask his colleague to finish the job as he could not get past a certain point, this was due to him not being in the right place in my canal. The new dentist has taken over my root canal treatment, he didn\'t fill my root canal as he wanted to check the infection had cleared. I returned at the start of may to be checked, he believed the infection had cleared & we could proceed to filling the canal. My appt for this procedure is in the first week of June, since seeing him I have been in terrible pain & fear my canal has become reinfected. The crown still doesn\'t feel comfortable but the new dentist has told me not to have it removed it as it will rip off my tooth below & I will require a post crown or worse still an implant. I am terrified and becoming very depressed with the pain & the discomfort of the crown. I would like the crown to be removed & replaced as this whole issue began with the crown being fitted. Meanwhile the new crown arrived for my upper right 2 which did not fit properly it was too long and sat at an angle. Again I had to visit the lab to show them. This crown was very thick and had been over contoured on the front. I have had this crown temporarily fitted whilst a new one is made. I have since discovered my upper left 2 was fitted with a new cement, which could have aggravated my tooth and will not be used on my upper right 2. I have seeked a second opinion to which I was told everything looked fine. I am desperate i have no idea how to proceed, i am sturggling to eat and am in tears most nights from the pain and generally the situation that has dragged on for over 6 months. I obviously need my root canal to be filled. My ideal situation would be to have new crowns made and fitted together on both upper 2 teeth but I am afraid about the condition of my upper left 2. I have paid £250 for my crowns, I had my previous crowns made with the nhs & they were perfect I had no issues.I am 27 and this is affecting my life I can barely, struggle to talk sometimes & am in constant pain and awareness of my upper left 2 crown. Please help!!!

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Old 05-13-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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Re: Root canal & crown nightmare

Ok, I have 14 crowns in my mouth, and have never had that bad of an experience with a crown. For the root canals, are you seeing an endodontist? They are the pros at root canals. Also, the dentist can cut off the crown. You will lose the crown, but not the tooth unless there are other issues. I'm not sure what the dentist expects you to do, but you cannot live in pain! That is not normal pain! Also, a crown post doesnt hurt-it costs you money, but most dentists believe you need them in a root canalled tooth. And the dentist who said leave the bad crown is an idiot, no one should have to live in pain-they can fix this, so find someone who will! A tooth extraction would be better than this much pain.

You need to see a different dentist-specifically an endodontist that can look at your root and tell you what is going on. Also, if the root is cracked they cannot always tell on an X-ray, but it will cause pain with pressure.

Finally, just remember you are NOT crazy so don't give up until you get resolution. in my experience Advil (ibuprofen, Motrin, etc) helps the most with dental pain-and keep taking it even if the pain stops because it will help with the inflammation and with teeth that is part of the pain.

Good luck, and don't let it get you down, they can fix this for you.

Old 10-28-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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I received 4 root canals back around 2003 without much understanding or support as to alternatives that would have been better. They said then, I would need to crown them. However, one visit to the Endodontist and I found out how expensive even one crown was. I was told by one doctor that it was 10,000! Well, a few years later @ 2008, and after much pain in my mouth, I stumbled upon Dr. Stack, in Vienna, who was a TMJ specialist specializing in helping people who had been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and TMJ. I trusted him. I spent money. He put an Alf wire on my teeth and built me a customized retainer afterwards. But then my jaw may have been better, but without the retainer, I had a huge gap between top and bottom teeth and the bad news was: I needed 6 crowns. Oh, one dentist I went to wanted to crown every tooth in my mouth to $22,000. I stopped going to her. Then I found Dr. Ibrahim. I like her. I took the Payflex account and my dental insurance and got the crowns. But somewhere in one of them, presumably over one of the canal teeth, I am having terrible pain, leading also into my ears, eyes, and throat. It is difficult to chew, I choke all the time, and am broke.

I can't do my job as a teacher effectively while in such pain. I just don't know what to do. I am 57 years old and have no one to support me. Please guide me. I need help.

Old 12-09-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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I can't do my job as a teacher effectively while in such pain. I just don't know what to do. I am 57 years old and have no one to support me. Please guide me. I need help.[/QUOTE]

As a previous teacher I understand the importance of having a clear head to be able to work at school and also bring home the students work to grade. Living in such abnormal physical conditions can prevent you from being successful. There are the teaching funds to consider.
You must correct any sensations of discomfort in your body especially in your upper body and above and including the chest, neck, and head. It is not about the possibility of losing your teeth but losing your life. Without trying to scare or alarm you death has occured often from infected teeth and gums. It begins as decay works into either and multiplies by consuming tissue within these areas forming cavaties. sometimes you can taste the unusual presence in your mouth that you just can't recognise. The cavity grows larger continuing into bone and finally the root but it doesn't stop there. Once the root becomes infected long enough the tooth dies and hopes of root canal dwindle as did putting in the crown once it reached the root. Now the tooth has not been extracted which would have been the only choice once the root was inflammed well after the tooth died. Because now its a matter of survival, the bacteria travels if it is allowed to hide within the dead tooth and uncured gums and from there it finds the way to enter the blood stream through the vicious membranes of mandible or more often the maxilla (upper teeth bones) into this capullary network and into the brain and on though out the body returning to the heart, where at this point coronary disease can cause a heart attack at any moment.
So now you see the reasons why dentistry is so important while your growing up in life. More than just having social medicine, a national fitness commission, but we need insurance that allows every person to see a qualified dentists of the highest degree every 6 months, have a cleaning, x-rays, and consultation to go over any unusual findings or signs of plaque and decay which would come next. If you want to do a lot of this at home you need good eyes, a magnified mirror, a stong light source, good toothbrushes and high florida tooth paste, rinse, and crystal ball if your teeth have not remained perfect since infancy.

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Re: Root canal & crown nightmare

my best advice is to cut your losses and go to another dentist who has nothing to do with the original dentist's practice. Have your records transferred along with any x-rays. You may have to pay to get them, but they are yours and this is a perfectly reasonable request.

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