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How should I deal with this inadequate dental care?

I had some dental work done this week that I consider unsatisfactory. I'd like advice on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Ow ow ow ow

Had some fillings done on bottom molars a month and a half ago, have had some intermittent pain on that side ever since, and now in the last few days I've had shooting pains in one tooth. Am I looking at a big expensive (and terrifying) root canal or could it be related to nerve damage from trauma to the mouth? [more inside]
posted by bluebelle on May 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Help! Recommendations for an exceptional endodontist in Seattle?

I had a failed root canal (my second!) and need an endodontist recommendation. I'm looking for a highly-meticulous specialist who will communicate thoroughly with me and won't treat me like an idiot. [more inside]
posted by ariela on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Post or crown or something else?

My partner (28 years old) had, on the same upper back-ish tooth, two failed root canals followed by a tooth extraction. They're still waiting for the extraction to heal. But they told us that a post is impossible since his bone is too thin. I hear a crown requires root canalling neighboring teeth, which we really don't want. Can we just leave it as is without teeth shifting significantly? Is there another option that doesn't requiring destroying MORE teeth? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 answers

How worried should I be about my (fake, root canaled) chipped tooth?

I was chewing on a hemp powder smoothie (the hemp powder has a gritty texture) when it happened. I've changed dentists a 3 times now as well as moved (still haven't looked up a local one) so I can't go back to the person who did the root canal. It doesn't hurt, just feels weird. Do I need to go see a dentist immediately?
posted by driedmango on May 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Tooth problems while out of town - please advice.

It's the middle of the night, I'm out of town, and I'm in pain from my tooth. Please help me figure out what my next step is. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Is a root canal necessary before a crown?

So, I cracked one of my lower molars and it now needs to be crowned. My dentist is planning to perform a root canal on the tooth before crowning it, but I'm not sure if it is necessary. [more inside]
posted by defreckled on Feb 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Aching pain after root canal

I had root canals redone (by an endodontist) and crowns placed on two of my upper teeth (by my dentist) that are side by side early last year. All was well until yesterday morning, when I woke up with a dull throbbing aching pain on where those teeth are, but especially on the one tooth. It doesn't seem to be sensitive to hot and cold, but chewing on that side hurts. I already have an appointment with my dentist, but would appreciate it if anybody who knows can give me the worst, best, and most likely scenario of what I am facing so I can prepare myself. Thank you so much. Anecdotes if you experienced something similar are also appreciated.
posted by skjønn on Jan 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Home care for tooth awaiting its coronation?

So, I managed to break a tooth last week (whilst attempting to chew a cold gummy licorice candy that had the approximate texture of partially-cured epoxy). Saw dentist this morning, who wants to install a crown. What, if anything, can I do between now and Coronation Day, as it'll likely be at least eight weeks out? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Do I need to do anything about the tooth that just fell out?

I had a root canal on a tooth a couple years ago, and never got a crown on it. Most of the rest of the tooth just fell out. Do I need to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by webmutant on Dec 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Is dental tourism is Brazil a good idea?

Dental tourism filter: should I do this root canal treatment in Brazil? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Dec 2, 2012 - 6 answers

You've royally screwed me...

Is is normal for a dental crown to be so painful? [more inside]
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth on Jun 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Tell me about your root canal!

Tell me about your root canal! [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on May 3, 2012 - 49 answers

What's the best of three unappealing options?

I will be having a root canal soon, but the dentist has told me that the damage to the tooth may not be treatable by the root canal, and that other action may be necessary. He's given me a few options to consider, and has asked me to pick one. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Apr 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Permanent crown fitted on a temp basis - how long to wait for my tooth to cool it?

My dentist inserted my permanent crown in a temporary fashion due to my tooth's uncertainty about whether it likes all of this intrusive behaviour - how long to wait to see if it will settle down? Potentially triggering dental details inside. [more inside]
posted by analog on Feb 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Drilling seems to be the root of the problem.

Was my co-worker the victim of a bad dental procedure? How should she proceed now she needs more expensive work done? [more inside]
posted by maryr on Jan 4, 2012 - 12 answers

post-procedure dental pain

Should it hurt this much two days after having two teeth pulled? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Is it realistic to attempt to have a root canal without anesthetic?

Is it realistic to attempt to have a root canal without anesthetic? [more inside]
posted by registered on Jan 26, 2011 - 67 answers

Do I need to Crest-strip it?

I've got a bum tooth up front, and want to get a crown -- do I need to bother trying to bleach/whiten my teeth ahead of time, or just go with whatever shade I am now as a match? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Nov 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Why do antibiotics make it hurt worse in my teeth area?

Why does my tooth pain get so much worse after each antibiotic dose? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Mar 22, 2010 - 5 answers

My root canal... it tickles?

What is this sensation I'm feeling after getting a root canal? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Nov 12, 2009 - 4 answers

When Root Canals Fail...

I had a root canal two months ago and now have pain in that tooth. I am supposed to have the crown put on tomorrow. Should I wait to have the crown procedure started? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Nov 12, 2009 - 17 answers

What to do in the 2 weeks before the root canal?

Big throbbing hole in my tooth. Two weeks until the root canal. No instructions on what to do in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2009 - 20 answers

One Dental Issue, Two Solutions - Apicoectomy Redux or Extract/Implant (with picture!)

(Technical material ahead!) Differing advice from dental specialists for an urgent procedure. Situation: Failed apicoectomy (10+ yrs) that has developed an active and gross fistula. My current endodontist wants to do a repeat procedure, adding bone graft. Says there's a good chance of saving tooth, for "at least five to ten years." (Direct quote. If the tooth is cracked - xrays can't tell - it might require extraction.) [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jul 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Less than a Filling.

How careful do I need to be with eating and brushing around a large temporary filling from a root canal in progress? [more inside]
posted by I, Slobot on Jul 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Why is my root canal being done in two visits?

Just had a root canal this morning, but have to go back next week to finish it. Why didn't they do it all at once? [more inside]
posted by J Parker on Apr 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Cheaper root canal options in Chicago?

I need a root canal in Chicago; I've already burned through our dental insurance for the year, and our dentist wants $1200 to perform one. Is there a better option? I don't know if I can hold out until our insurance resets in January. [more inside]
posted by new-xero on Oct 13, 2008 - 20 answers

time to start learning the banjo?

Should I keep fighting, or pull this tooth out? [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots on Jun 3, 2008 - 11 answers

Root canal = agony?

Next week I'm having a root canal done on my upper back molar, and I'm worried about the pain. What can I expect, pain-wise? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 28, 2007 - 32 answers

Help me find free/cheap dental care in NYC

I'm having an issue with my tooth. The root canal I had on my broken tooth in 2005 was supposed to get crowned eventually, but that was $800 that I didn't have. Anyway, the filling that was put in was temporary, and it's been wearing down over the last 2 years... [more inside]
posted by cmgonzalez on Jul 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Effects of post-root canal infection?

Are there any known systemic effects of low-grade root canal infection after treatment? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jun 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Time for a new set of teeth?

My teeth are a mess. I have a major lifelong grinding and chewing problem. The bottom set are very worn down, the top front teeth have crumbled in the past from chewing and I have crowns. I have numerous fillings and root canals and there are ominous cracks in several others. Is there a way I could solve this problem once and for all? I'm talking about fixing the teeth falling apart, not curbing the grinding. Assume cost is not an obstacle.
posted by vizsla on Apr 2, 2007 - 19 answers

Root canal causes pain in adjacent tooth, why?

I just got two root canals in the past month or so. First one was OK, tooth fractured after, but generally OK, it can be capped. Second one was behind it, i believe the first was #13 and second one was #14 behind it. It went fine...it feels maybe very very slightly sensitive, but i'll be damned, it's the next tooth behind it (#15 I assume?) that has been hurting (and which never had an RTC). It's been sort of very minor at times, then a little worse when I chew, and sometimes more moderate pain when I chew over the past two weeks. Past couple days it's started hurting more, kind of a dull ache, and hurts when I chew. Why would the tooth behind the root canal tooth hurt? Neither RTC teeth have been capped yet....
posted by Salvatorparadise on Nov 2, 2006 - 9 answers

Should my mouth hurt this much?

I had two root canals on two upper right molars and now my entire mouth hurts. Is this common? [more inside]
posted by nuala on Jun 19, 2006 - 19 answers

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