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#69463 - 06/22/07 11:21 AM Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
Wormy Offline
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Registered: 09/19/05
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Loc: New York City
Anyone else have this type of problem?

I went for a root canal yesterday and the endodontist got very perturbed because she couldn't get to the bottom of the root. She pulled out the x-rays done for my initial exam and found that none of my previous root canals reach the bottom of the root. It seems that all of my lower roots are calcified to the point that the dentists just can't get in there. When she told me of the problem, it made perfect sense to me and I explained the AS problem to her.

I am so glad that she told me about the problem. It seems that none of the other dentist I've seen felt the need to tell me what was going on. This explains a whole lot to me. Many times, I have felt pain in teeth that have had root canals. I thought I was crazy because these teeth should have no nerve and I should be incapable of having pain there. BUT, because they can't reach the tip of the root, it's entirely possible that I do still have some nerve in there and I might have pain as a result. Now I know I'm not crazy!
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#69464 - 06/22/07 12:06 PM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
juanita Offline
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Registered: 07/13/04
Posts: 313
Loc: ohio
That is so strange to read this since I just went thru a root canal 1 month ago and had the same problem. It took 2 trips to complete the root canal and should have took 1. He had so much trouble getting thru the canal. In the end, it truly is still not finished, but he did the best he could. The canal was also calcified. I never even thought about the AS being part of it, and did not mention it to the Dr. I wonder if that is why. It's truly amazing what we learn on this board and how nothing is wierd when you have AS.

Juanita in Ohio

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#69465 - 06/22/07 12:50 PM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
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Registered: 01/14/04
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Loc: Upper Midwest
exactly why I will go to an endodontist from now on.
It took 5 weeks, going to see my dentist, being on anti-b's, getting infection and having pain before seeing the endo. In 1 visit, he finished the whole thing. Hurt like the dickens for a short time, but it's done.
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#69466 - 06/22/07 07:01 PM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
juanita Offline
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Loc: ohio
I went to an endodontist and still they had a hard time getting the canal cleaned out. I paid almost $1,000 for a route canal. I sure hope it holds and the tooth doesn't give me anymore problems. My dentist tried a root canal on another tooth a few years ago and it wouldn't stay numb during the procedure, that's why he always sends me to a specialist for extractions or root canals now.

Juanita in Ohio

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#69467 - 06/22/07 08:56 PM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
mamadi Offline
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Registered: 02/08/04
Posts: 474
Loc: Florida
Please have the tooth crowned that had the root canal. If it isnt crowned the tooth can fracture and brake down to the gum line and then it will have to be pulled. I am a dental Lab technician and I can not tell you how many bridges we have to do because of old root canals breaking and the tooth being pulled.
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Take One Day At A Time and Leave The Rest Up to God.
Dxed with AS, Ulcerative Colitis, Fused C2-C7, Bi-lateral SI joint fusion.
Meds are: Humira, Imuran, Lialda, Skelaxin (during the day), Flexeril (at night), and Narco, Tramadol.


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#69468 - 06/22/07 11:07 PM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
CB in CA Offline
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Registered: 02/20/03
Posts: 2816
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA
Here here! I can attest to what Mamadi says.

I have a horror story but will spare you the details....In the end, 4 root canals done by my regular dentist had to be redone by an Endodontist. On the 4th one, I took too long to get the crown (as I was just plain tired of sitting in the Dentist chair and spending $$$$)

I broke the tooth. Fortunately, my new Dentist was able to cut some of my gums away to expose more tooth and put a crown on. I was sweating it for a bit..he was talking Dental Implant and that sounded extremely painful.
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#69469 - 06/22/07 11:53 PM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
Sierra Offline
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Registered: 12/23/04
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It'd be nice if I could get mine crowned, only I ended up with TN (Trigeminal Neuralgia) following what was torture-filled, protracted procedures (that stretched over a few weeks and 3 to 5 hours each stint in the dentist's chair).

I also had the calcification. Plently of x-rays done beforehand, but, suddenly, in the middle of the procedure, the dentist just left. She returned around 15 mins. later with a board and a bunch of grease markers - to show me the prob. And, she took more x-rays. Ohhh, calcification.

Delayed everything and she called in a more "expert" dentist - 2 weeks later. He shot the needle through the 5th cranial nerve and I had the joy of seeing a neurologist for over 2 years to get feeling back in my nose and the left side of my face.

I have TMJ, which the dentists knew in advance, and having my mouth forced open for hours on end didn't help.

Another tooth lost a filling, and... because my last dentist had me filling my tooth with temp. stuff for about two months because she thought it so important to clean my teeth in quadrants before filling the tooth, it cracked. I just keep filling the lost tooth myself since that's what dentists in my area seem to suggest anyway until they make bank off the cleanings. (And, that process must also lead to compromising the integrity of what there is of the tooth; it certainly can't help when the cleanings stretch over such a long period of time.)

Rather than spend thousands at the dentist, and end up being referred to a neurologist to help mop up, I may as well just have my teeth removed.

Sorry to be a downer, but... I did go to the dentist for an emergency appointment as soon as I lost a filling. What a nightmare that turned out to be.

BTW: I was told that I cannot have dental implants. Due to the automimmune diseases, and having arthritis in my jaw bone, the dentist said rejection is more probable.

If only life could be simpler.

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#69470 - 06/23/07 04:13 AM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
juanita Offline
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Registered: 07/13/04
Posts: 313
Loc: ohio
mamadi,
My root canal was done underneath of my bridge. This may sound like a stupid question, but do I need a crown over the tooth? I now have the permanent filling in the tooth. Thanks for the advice.

Juanita in Ohio

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#69471 - 06/23/07 09:00 AM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
CB in CA Offline
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Registered: 02/20/03
Posts: 2816
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA
Sierra,
I googled "5th cranial nerve" and Trigeminal Neuralgia

All I can say is..."WoW..that is horrifying"I am so sorry.

How did they give you that shot? When I have my root canals, they are shocked that I can still feel the pain and they give me needle "shots" down the root of my tooth where they are doing the canal. Is this the same because I become numb on my nose and 1/2 of my face.
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#69472 - 06/23/07 09:05 AM Re: Dental Disaster-Calcified Roots/Incomplete Root Canals
Pamela, RDH Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 102
Loc: Texas
When teeth have not been cleaned in a long time, it is common for the dentist or hygienist to clean your teeth in quadrants before any dental work is done. It is done this way for several reasons. First, there is a need to rid your mouth of the bacteria that has accumulated over time. Second, after the cleanings it is easier to tell if teeth are saveable or if there is any teeth that are compromised due to bone loss . Last, the restorations the dentist uses are better because there is less bleeding when he is doing a filling or crown prep. I am a dental hygienist and it is often very difficult to treat the patient who only comes in for emergencies instead of properly caring for their oral health and coming in twice a year.

Pam

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