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Posted by Kia on December 16, 2000 at 08:19:35:

About six months ago I had an apicoectomy performed on tooth 19. After the procedure, I was still in excrutiating pain and my doctor recommended we do a "root amputation." After we did that, I was still in pain for the longest time. He told me that the pain was normal and that my body was just healing. It has been six months and I am still in pain. About 2 weeks ago, I decided to get rid of the tooth and have it pulled (thinking my pain will go away). I went to another dentist, one who specializes in bridges. After he pulled my tooth, he noticed my bone was severely infected and had been for the longest time. He cleaned it out and put in a temporary bridge for me until I was ready to get the permanent. He wanted me to wait to see how low the gums would recede before he took the final impression for the permanent bridge. About a week later, we took an x-ray and he saw a "root tip" that was still stuck in my mouth. Remember, I pulled the tooth. I am still in severe pain. He told me to go back to the original oral surgeon to have him take a look at it. I went yesterday. The oral surgeon said, "there is a root tip and I can remove it." My questions is, "is the root tip supposed to be there considering I had both a apicoectomy and root amputation? Did the oral surgeon do the procedures properly? I still feel the same pain as I had with the tooth in my mouth. I really need some advice. Does anyone know? When they do these procedures, aren't they supposed to remove the root tips? Please, please, please help me. I am in pain and I don't know who to trust. I talked to the dentist who is going to make me a bridge about this but he was hesitant to comment on his fellow dentist's bad job. So, I need anyone else's advice. Thanks a lot

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