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Shall I just give up and have this tooth out ?

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gingeroots Sun 30-Sep-12 03:09:26

Upper molar with full gold crown .
Suspected cracked root .
Suspected calcification of nerve .

Dental hospital recommend that my dentist removes gold crown and checks if root is cracked .
My dentist says this is a no go as removal will break tooth and he is saying root filling through crown and then "we'll see " if root is cracked .
Also saying that it's possible nerve is calcified ( hosp didn't mention this ) and that this may prevent root filling .

We didn't discuss removal but I'm wondering if I shouldn't ask for that ...

gingeroots Sun 30-Sep-12 08:52:11

Forgot to add - nerve is dying /rotten and have had pain with flareups for over a year .
Plus ...dentist not received report or x rays fron dental hospital .

gingeroots Sun 30-Sep-12 17:59:52

Anyone ?

squishyotter Sun 30-Sep-12 18:04:39

Has the dentist said why it isn't possible to xray your mouth to identify the extent of the damage to the tooth/root?

Willabywallaby Sun 30-Sep-12 18:07:21

A vertical fracture on a root won't show up on an X-ray.

Sometimes it's better to get rid, at least it can't give you anymore problems. But if you're keen to hold onto it let your dentist start the root canal treatment.

gingeroots Mon 01-Oct-12 09:05:37

Thanks .
My decision I know ,wish I had more advice from dentist .
Bit worried by the "we'll try root filling and see if it's cracked " approached .

Willabywallaby Mon 01-Oct-12 18:29:01

When they open up the tooth they should able to see a fracture. If you're unsure phone for another review appointment to discuss.

gingeroots Mon 01-Oct-12 19:12:16

The dentist is planning to drill through the crown - will that be the same as opening the tooth up ?

Thank you by the way for replying .

Willabywallaby Tue 02-Oct-12 17:03:32

Yes the same thing!

gingeroots Tue 02-Oct-12 17:45:19

Thanks .

tedhutchinson Tue 02-Oct-12 18:38:42

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gingeroots Tue 02-Oct-12 20:31:15

I've skim read this and it all sounds dreadful .

Is there an alternative to a root filling if the nerve is rotting - I didn't see one mentioned ?

AKissIsNotAContract Tue 02-Oct-12 20:43:34

That's scare mongering. Hal Huggins is generally discredited by most dentists. According to him your gold crown is killing you anyway.

Your options are to have the root canal treatment or extract the tooth. If it were my tooth I'd go for the root treatment. If the root is shown to be fractured when the crown is drilled through then you'll have no choice but to have it extracted.

tedhutchinson Tue 02-Oct-12 22:12:17

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Willabywallaby Tue 02-Oct-12 22:34:39

I couldn't wade through the whole article, but when Huggins finds a way to eliminate bacteria from our mouths then he will eliminate it from the periodontal ligament etc etc.

And knowledge is not always power.

The only alternative to an RCT is an extraction.

Afsana1 Tue 02-Oct-12 23:21:21

I have been through this the thought of root canal terrifies me. I had 2 root canals done and had gold cap. I was ok for awhile but then it came back and god did it hurtsad dentist said you can try root canal again I said no and had two teeth take out it was the best decision I made. It is your choice but you need to think about how many root canals can you go through. Good luck xx

Startailoforangeandgold Tue 02-Oct-12 23:32:46

I'd give it the boot.

Root canals ate painful and expensive.

Sticks tongue in £100 gap (I was a student I was broke.) I sodding well wish I hadn't bothered it got infected and had to come out.

I've had the gap 22 years and it doesn't bother me at all.

tedhutchinson Wed 03-Oct-12 07:51:24

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Willabywallaby Wed 03-Oct-12 14:16:29

Well that was a waste of 7 mins, didn't get an alternative to RCT.

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gingeroots Wed 03-Oct-12 17:23:53

That's a bit uncalled for ted .
Willaby had already suggested extraction as the only alternative to RCT ( as indeed had others ) so possibly they assumed that your link would suggest an ALTERNATIVE.

Willabywallaby Wed 03-Oct-12 17:24:22

He was rambling on about blood microscopy and stuff so must have missed that bit, but wasn't that what I suggested confused

AKissIsNotAContract Wed 03-Oct-12 17:27:31

Ted: since Hal Huggins has an axe to grind about white fillings, any metal in the mouth including crowns and amalgam fillings, and root canal treatment, the only option left for his followers is to have teeth extracted when they could be restored. This idea is ridiculous.

Willabywallaby Wed 03-Oct-12 17:29:53

I'd never heard of him, but then my husband's uncle is an endodontic specialist grin

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