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Posted by Bonnie on November 08, 2000 at 19:18:56:

In Reply to: Abcess and retreatment of root canal posted by Ron on November 08, 2000 at 17:18:41:

: Several months ago, I visited my dentist complaining about discomfort around tooth 14.
: The gap between the tooth had been increasing and food was getting trapped and causing pressure.
: At times flossing was vary painful. He took digital x-rays, and said the tooth (crown actually) looked
: good and that there was irratation of the gums from food. He said I just needed to really floss very well,
: and the reddness would disapate, and the gap should shrink. Following his advice, I flossed the area
: after I ate anything, and the pain went away. However, I still have some bleeding and a bad taste
: periodically.

: A change in dental plans gave me a different dentist. His intial x-ray showed what he said was an abcess
: around the tooth 14's root. This tooth has already had a root canal many years ago. They are telling me
: I will need to get a retreatment of the root canal. With frequent flossing of the area, there is no discomfort
: and I have no pain.

: How are these two related?

The first xray that was taken might not have shown the abcess and because of that the dentist was treating your tooth problem very conservetly,which is a good thing he saw that the tooth have a previous RCT and therefore didnt want to jump right in saying that it was failing.Plus you werent showing or complaining about symptoms of a RCT that is failing.if I were you I would talk to your new dentist and explain that you are not having any pain from the tooth and can you maybe re-xray the tooth in 6 months to see if there has been any change in the abcess .Other then a bad taste from the tooth which can be a sign of the RCt failing your not having any pain ,maybe one more opinion would be in order too.

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