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Why You Should Avoid Root Canals Like the Plague?

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posted on Nov, 24 2010 @ 08:38 PM
I have had a few root canals and crowns. Didn't hurt a bit. I always make sure they numb me up really good. It's just very time consuming and they don't finish it all off in one day.

posted on Nov, 24 2010 @ 08:49 PM
My filling fell out years ago and my tooth had decayed to the stage that I recently pulled my own tooth out with pliers. I have three more that I will more than likely pull out with pliers too. I hate the dentist.

posted on Nov, 28 2010 @ 09:30 PM
I've had a number of root canals over the years and for the most part there has never been a problem. Something to be aware of though is that the tooth can become infected again and if you have the crown youre going to have the drill going through that lovely porcelain that you paid all that money for.

Im at the point just now that I dont want to go near the dentist. I was told on one of my last visits that one of my molars was at the point where the filling was so big that it was almost hitting the nerve, so a root canal was the next course of treatment if the filling were to fail and that tooth is now giving me bother. As I now suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, the last thing i want anyone to do is go rooting (excuse the pun) about in my teeth and messing about with nerves that are already dealing me pain.

Like some of the other posters I didnt take good care of my teeth when I was younger and am suffering for it now and I believe that I have weak teeth which if true doesnt help matters.

Oh and a btw ... not all Brits have bad teeth and we do have orthodontics here too ... imagine that, Brits with nice white straight teeth ... too bad im not one of them

posted on Dec, 16 2010 @ 12:38 PM
I hate dentists because they do stuff that you cannot monitor. I want to see if they # something up.

Instead of those shades give me lcd goggles, and set a camera on the forehead of the dentist. That way i could get rid of my "dentist phobia"

That said, every time, no matter how much lidocaine they inject it hurts like hell when doing a root canale, but never have i been offered antibiotics after one.

I have at the moment a temporary filling in one of my teeth, it has been temporary for 1,5 years because i hate the dentist that much. I know it would only be crown work and mainly pain free, but since they have screwed up every time before, i am not going back before it is absolutely necessary.

posted on Dec, 16 2010 @ 12:50 PM
reply to post by bozzchem

Health effects of neglecting a diseased tooth: My doctor did not have a root canal done soon enough. It went systemic (despite penicillin) and she ended up with very bad arthritis. The infection being close to the brain can also kill.

Second root canal: It sucks. I had one done two years ago. It was not successful and I ended up having the tooth pulled instead of having the surgery to cut out the root they could not clean.

New root canals: My old root canal had silver wires one of them was hooked on the bottom of the root. The new technique (two days ago) uses plastic not silver wire and therefore is much easier to redo.

If you have the tooth pulled have a bone graft (ground up bone) put in . This allows the bone to grow back solidly and gives an anchor point for an artificial tooth attached to the bone. Cost is about $50 -$100 for the bone graft.

posted on Dec, 16 2010 @ 01:07 PM
Teeth problems can cause heart problems. you don't want to let them go.

i am opposed to root canals. if you remove the nerve, you are left with a place for infections to rage without your awareness.

Just pull the tooth. Cheaper.

posted on Dec, 16 2010 @ 01:30 PM
Having teeth pulled, especially wisdom teeth, can be very dangerous as well. There are reports of people suffering life long headaches after having wisdom teeth pulled, because the nerve in the tooth is too close or attached to the mandibular or postmandibular nerve. They don't tell you the risks associated with pulling teeth, they just recommend it. 2/3 wisdom teeth extractions are not needed.
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posted on Dec, 16 2010 @ 01:51 PM
Oh boy. Don't know where to start. I am a general dentist, so I hope you can take this for about as informed as you are gonna get. First off, treating a failed root canal abscess from a root canal years earlier with antibiotics is completely bogus. You may get a reprieve from the pain and swelling for a few weeks, but the source of the abscess is still there. If a root canal fails, it is only because of a few factors. First, and most common, is a missed accessory canal inside the tooth. These are often very small and can only be seen with a surgical microscope. Usually, this type of failure shows up quite a bit of time after the root canal, and in some cases many, many, years. These can usually be treated by retreating the root canal by a specialist. The second cause of failure would be a fractured root or fractured tooth where the fracture extends through the tooth and into the bone. Typically, these teeth are hopeless and need to be extracted. Every once in a while I will come across a tooth that was simply not cleaned out properly. This is the third most common cause of failure. Fortunately, it is also quite rare. Dentists, like all surgeons, are working on human beings. Human beings are all different, and sometimes things that arent in the control of the care provider happen. It is most important to remember, that what caused the root canal in the first place wasn't the dentist. Rather, it was neglect on the part of the patient. People die during bypass surgery, but I never hear anyone say "why you should avoid bypass surgery like the plague". I'm not sure why we dentists get a bad rap, or why root canals get such a bad rap. I always keep my patients best interest first and foremost, and treat them like I would like to be treated myself.

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