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Posted by Pattie on September 27, 2000 at 23:24:55:

In Reply to: Re: 2 root cannals later ...Now what? posted by anna on September 27, 2000 at 02:33:04:

: if you really want to keep the tooth, i would suggest you first find out what is the cause of the looseness of the tooth.
: looseness of the tooth can be due to gum problem (periodontal disease). the Xray will show a decreased bone level. if the bone level is less than 30% of the tooth length, then there's no way you can keep the tooth.
: however, if the bone level is more than that, you can ask your dentist to do a root planning for you. this procedure will promote the gum tissue to grow back and hopefully the tooth will be firmer.

: if the cause of the looseness is due to the root canal treatment, there will be a dark circle at the root apex on the xray. then you can consider either redoing the root canal treatment, or do a endodontic surgery. consult your dentist.

: sometimes both periodontal disease and failed root canal treatment can together contribute to the problem. it will be more complex and greatly reduces the prognosis of the tooth.

Thanks for your input. The dentist showed me the xray and it has that dark circle. My gums are healty everywere else no gum disease. The loseness is due I belive to the very short root.

After reading posts on this board I am not optimistic about pursuing any treatment at all. It seems many people just get worse with each procedure.

What happens if I just leave it? It's been this way for 19 years about.

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