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Old 08-26-2014, 04:50 AM   #1
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Root canal

Dentist says i need either a root canal or pull the tooth and then maybe a bridge. It is the third tooth on the bottom left side ( tooth # 19 ),

Wondering if anyone here had this and the results.

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I have a root canal in about the same place. I originally had it done about 20 years ago. After a few years, it turned out that they’d missed a small branch of the root canal, which got infected, so I had to have it redone, then, once they’d had time to make sure that was ok (a few months) I had a crown, because the tooth was getting a bit fragile. So, it’s not been entirely trouble free, but still, on balance, I’m glad I kept the tooth.

When I was having the repair done, I discussed the options with the orthodontist, and she said that for their own teeth dentists always make the choice to preserve the original tooth as long as possible. She said that you lose some of the sensitivity to fine-control biting even with the expensive implants. She said that there was about an 80% chance the repair would work, so there was always the possibility that I could have had to have the tooth taken out anyway, but luckily, that didn’t happen.
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I've had two root canals, both in corresponding teeth (about the same position as yours, but I don't know teeth well enough to say for sure). Both teeth had extra roots and very thin, curvy roots. The first tooth, they got as much of the root as they could, but not all of it and I continued to have pain. I had a crown put on.

I grind my teeth in my sleep. Within about 3 or 4 years, I broke the crown, and since I was still having pain anyway, I had them take out the tooth.

Then I had a root canal and crown on the opposite side of my jaw (same tooth, just across from the original). I still have a small bit of my root in that tooth, and still have some pain. I had to have the crown ground down lower than my other teeth because it hurt every time I bit down on it. The crown is still intact, and it's been about 4 or 5 years now, but I honestly wish I had just had them pull that one too.

Other than those two teeth, I have really nice, strong, healthy teeth. I'm not sure what happened with those.
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Hate to say it.
I had my first root canal in high school, 3 actually.
Back them it was a big deal. They cut your gums from here to there.

Now a days it's no big deal, they go up through your tooth.
I ve had a couple more through the years.
All mind did great for 25 ish years.

I am glad I did them.

The last 5-6 years I had to get gum Implants.
Nothing last forever right.

((Leonak, Root canals are a breeze and well worth saving a tooth))

I look back when I was in my early 20's too poor to have a plain cap put on my back tooth. Plus being scared , uneducated on the caps. I had the dentist pull my tooth. I still pick myself on that one.

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I need 2 crowns now and a root canal, but putting it off because of the expense. My insurance doesn't cover much of it, and each crown will be $500.00++. I'm not even sure, but last I checked it was outrageous. Plus they want their money as soon as they finish the procedure. Thinking about having them pulled instead.
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Honestly, Cindy, I spent a small fortune on the one I still have (around $800 out of pocket, IIRC, even with insurance), but the fact that it still bothers me makes me wish I would have just had the sucker pulled. Now, if it was a tooth that showed, that would be another story, but it's far enough back that only DH gets close enough to know about.
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Yeah, these two are far enough back that they wouldn't show either. Seriously thinking it's the way to go--pull them. Haven't completely decided, but thinking still. I can get additional dental insurance in October when we have open enrollment and keep it for a year, and it will pay more. I'm going to look at how much it would cover when I get to work today.
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Dawn, I'm a grinder and I wear a dental splint at night.
It fits a bit like a gumshield over my lower teeth and has stopped the awful TMJ problems I was having.
Maybe ask your dentist about it? Needs professional fitting.
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I have one. Can't stand it so doesn't get used.
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For grinders, my DH just recently found out he was doing that. He went to our dentist and the guy said, listen, a lot of people have great luck with the OTC inserts for nightime wearing. It cost us $20. The dentist said, if you want a custom one, we will do it, but the ones at Walmart work just as good for most people!

His TMJ and headache issues are now gone!
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Oooo, I'm a grinder too. I have a fitted one I wear every night. My mother has permanent damage to her teeth from grinding. I'm glad the dentist caught it when she did. It took 1-2 nights to get used to, now it's second nature.
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I don't notice I'm wearing mine when it's in place.
Certainly notice the morning after if I haven't used it though!!
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Mine bothers me just enough to make me sleep with my mouth open, and I can't STAND sleeping with my mouth open. I have nightmares about bugs getting in my mouth. I tell you, I'm really crazy. I know I should wear it, and I've tried several times over the years, but I just can't.
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For grinders, my DH just recently found out he was doing that. He went to our dentist and the guy said, listen, a lot of people have great luck with the OTC inserts for nightime wearing. It cost us $20. The dentist said, if you want a custom one, we will do it, but the ones at Walmart work just as good for most people!

His TMJ and headache issues are now gone!
I paid around $300 for mine, IIRC, and it's no better than the $10-$20 versions from the pharmacy. My mom had a hard plastic one, and mine's soft, just like the OTC versions.
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I am definitely the root canal queen in my house. I have 4 root canals on the lower bottom teeth and one implant (which I love!) All but one of my root canals have crowns and they're running about 800 buckeroos with my dentist. My implant was much, much more but my insurance covered a good portion of it.

My dentist and oral surgeon has always said what most of you posted, it's always best to save the tooth if at all possible. Now days, root canals are pretty quick and painless and I always go to a specialist for that. I love my dentist but I never let him do a root canal. (but I'm a big wimp so YMMV)

I too am a grinder. I have a night guard but it always ends up under the covers at the foot of the bed every morning..not sure what's up with that. As I've tried to lower my "life stress" I'm doing less grinding and having fewer problems with my TMJ.

Sorry to hear about your root canal Leonak but I hope you're able to keep that tooth.
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I have more root canals than I care to admit and a number of implants. Horrendously expensive. But...both of my parents had false teeth and I have just not been able to reconcile myself to bridges, partial plates or anything other than crowns or implants.

I abscess at the drop of a hat so root canals have been frequent and are increasingly so.
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I googled and then read an interesting article by Dr. Mercola about root canals. Also read lots of other web sites too. Seems like as one gets older the teeth are not as strong as when we were in our 30's! ( the body wears out )

Cost of the root canal for me is $975, then after that is done a crown would be needed and they are $750 and up.

I noticed a friend of mine had the root c done and now her tooth is more brown then white - wonder if her tooth is dead?

If my tooth is dead or dying i don't want any dead tooth left in me

My sil had a root c done and a week later she still had to have it pulled.

I made an appointment with an oral surgeon to get it pulled on Sept 8, the day after my 71 birthday. I can then get a bridge it i feel the need and/or do nothing - my sister had hers pulled years ago and did nothing, so did my dh and my brother-in-law. If I was in my 40's I have the root c!

Then on September 25 I have surgery on my nose for skin cancer, it will be done by an ENT doctor who told me it will be a modified Morhs procedure.

Thanks all for your help!

Now that some of you are talking about other things besides the root c, I have another problem I'd love to not have:

I drool in my sleep!! If i sleep on my back i don't but then I made a noise and wake up!! Any suggestions for this?

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Leona, you have way too much on your plate!

I don't have suggestions about the drooling, but I'm interested in any responses. My daughter can drool her body weight in liquid when she sleeps!
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Leona, I don't normally drool, but when I have a cold or my allergies kick up I tend to sleep with my mouth open and then oh boy! I wonder if you're getting congested in the night and need to mouth breathe? Perhaps propping up just a little higher on pillows would help. Or I've had great luck with Breathe-Right strips.
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I've had two root canals. One due to a terrible abscess on my front tooth and one due to a loose tooth that I didn't even know was loose. I was lucky to have fantastic dental insurance both times, but I have to say that even if I didn't I would have definitely done whatever I could to save the tooth which is what they want you to do. My dentist told me that the last thing they want to do is pull your natural teeth.

For the grinders, when I informed the dental hygienist that I was grinding my teeth in my sleep which caused terrible headaches she told me to drink a glass of red wine before bed. Apparently it helped a ton of patients. I don't drink so I obviously didn't take that advice, but it might be worth a try.

I agree with Carol about the drooling. When I'm congested I drool and snore which typically I don't do at all. The Breathe-Right strips are great and I know others who love them.

Good luck and I know it will all work out.
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DW is helped by breath right strips. Or maybe I should say- I'm helped when DW uses breath right strips
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I'm sure I need one on one of my very back teeth on the top, I bit a wintergreen lifesaver 2 April's ago on our trip down to Disney and cracked the tooth. It doesn't hurt but I do lose another small chip of tooth now and again. My problem is the taste of the novicane has made me throw up almost ON the dentist before, thus freaking me out whenever I need to go to the dentist. They do gas me but now even that freaks me out a little....I will need to bite the bullet and go probably next year but I do dread it.
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breathe...sorry I'm very anal about that, breath vs. breathe.
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My last trip to the dentist confirmed my cracked upper tooth where I had the root canal treatment done a year ago - not only is it missing a chunk but a piece of the remainder is cracked and loose to the point where it needs to be crowned. So, that's approx. £800 pounds for the crown and tidy up (approx 1350 US dollars). I'm so pleased that DH has dental insurance and can only hope that this is covered.

I need to have the crown in place before I have the other surgery as anaesthetists prefer not to run the risk of breaking already fragile/unstable teeth and needing to fish round in your windpipe or fret about it reaching your lungs if it breaks when they're inserting or removing tubes.
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Dental work is extremely expensive here, too. DW and I both have dental insurance, but it always seems that it only covers the basics. I have very good teeth, but DW has need a lot of work over the years and more to come I'm sure.
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On Monday ( the day after my birthday) had the tooth pulled. It had an abscess and my dentist wanted it taken care of soon, because of the "C" surgery I am having on the 25th !

Had an oral surgeon for this.. Because of the abscess it still hurt. The surgeon stopped 3 times as he knew I was hurting some, he told me he could not give me anymore novacane and that he would stop if I raised my hand, I asked how long it would hurt and he said only a second. He was right, the pain only last a second. He told me because I had no pain before the tooth was pulled, that my tooth was either dead or dying, also aft. the tooth was out he said it appeared that the tooth had a crack in it and that even if I had wanted a root canal it would of been suspect.. The oral surgeon said I was tuff and I told him I was not, but he said I was because he knew it hurt to get the tooth pulled.

When one has an abscess then the freezing does not work well!!! They gave me many injections to get it to freeze!

The tooth that was pulled is the third molar from the back on the lower left side. It does not show when I smile. The surgeon said I should see how it goes, that many do nothing, so I will wait and see if I want a bridge. A bridge would mean they have to drill into the teeth next to it, so I'm not sure I would like that.

Now i am very glad I did not have a root canal, after reading what Dr, Mercola said, i totally agree - i do not believe in having a dead body part in me!

My tooth gave no pain at all, only the abscess was there!

If i was younger it may have made a difference in how I feel, also i wonder if i weighted more if I could of been given more novacane??

Now I just have to worry how things will be for me after the 25th. I wonder how deep a hole will be on my nose It is on the left side of my nose just above the nostrol. Wonder, wonder and also worry a bit too!
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I dodged a root canal last week but had 5 back bottom teeth abscessed. Did the antibiotics and then had the roots scaled and planed (sp?) on Thursday my dentist said I would feel much better and I do but I still feel like I have infection in them. She's having me message the surrounding gums to help them drain but man it hurts to do it Going back Thursday.
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