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Old 10-23-2012, 09:35 PM
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I had a cracked tooth in 2011. I was told it needed a root canal and crown. It was a bicuspid. I had the root canal done and the tooth crowned. The crown came off about a year later and I was told that there was too much infection under the tooth to put it back on. Now it has to be extracted. The dentist is trying to weasel out of it, claiming that a root canal is not apermanent procedure and will not restore the tooth. There was apparently an extra cnal in the tooth that was not cleaned out, and the dentist just crowned it anyway. Do I have any recourse? Is it generally accepted that a root canal is not a permanent procedure? Thanks
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:12 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have had a few and just had a 20 year old root canal tooth break the root and had it pulled
for an implant last week. I was lucky to get that long out of it. A root canal means the nerves are removed and the root is filled, so it will never be as strong as it was originally. Wait until you see the documents you have to sign for the extraction and bone graft for the implant. All sorts of disclaimers. I'm pretty sure your dentist is right. Implants run $5000 and up from start to finish and take close to a year with healing times in between steps.
With really good dental plan figure $600 out of pocket.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:27 AM
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A root canal procedure is intended to last longer than a year. But no one can give a guarantee about your health. Your regular doctor can't guarantee that taking Nyquil for a cold today, will prevent you from getting sick next winter. Teeth are not permanent structures, in that they -can- fall out. They usually don't, but they can. As such, a root canal is also not a "permanent" structure. Nor is it truly "restoring" the tooth, in the literal sense of the word. It can't restore the nerve, which is part of the tooth. It replaces the nerve and pulp (aka root) instead, usually with metal or composite material. It holds your tooth in place until such time as something new happens to cause it to loosen. If nothing happens to cause it to loosen, then it can hold that tooth in place indefinitely. In -that- sense, it is "permanent."

I'm not sure how you ended up with two nerves on a bicuspid - it's possible, but it's rare. Your dentist would've seen it on the x-ray before he started any work though. And it's possible that -that- nerve was healthy and fine and in perfect conditon when he did the root canal, and it failed at some point after due to trauma or neglect. It doesn't happen often, but as I said, having two nerves in a bicuspid also doesn't happen often.

Seems everyone who posts their horror stories in attempt to blame the dentist for things, is the exception to the rule. Amazing how that happens.
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