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Old 05-15-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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Hi, first time getting a root canal. I'm kind of waying my options I'm considering getting it from Robert Kleypas here in houston, if anyone has had any experiences with root canals with him I'd like to know. Anyhow he's not an endodonist especialist but he does endodonistry in root canals, he is a general dentist. Should I go to a specialist or is there any way to know this doctor's root canal history? My parents say he is a good dentist, but they haven't had root canals with him.

Thank in advance.

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Old 05-15-2008, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Default See an endodontist

I asked the very same question of my former dentist, who I adored, and drove two hours to see for a consultation/definitive diagnosis. When he said that in all likelihood I needed a root canal, and I asked him if the new dentist I had to use where I was living now, could do it, he asked (in all seriousness) why I would choose not to see an endodontist. He said it is better to see the person who specializes in root canals and does them all day for a living, and has encountered all sorts of different problems requiring root canals.

I trust this dentist implicitly, and what he said made perfect sense -- like the difference between seeing a general surgeon, vs. one who specializes in a specific surgery.

It was the first (and so far, only) root canal I have ever had, and am so much better off for it. The tooth was a back molar that had been previously crowned -- years ago -- but developed a problem referred to as absorption. I was glad I chose to drive 2 hours to see my old, much-beloved dentist, as the guy here had missed it, or was choosing to ignore it for some reason.

Anyway, it is not fun, but the endodontist my former dentist recommended had a wonderful touch. The shots to numb everything were the worst part of it. That, and having to hold my mouth open for so long, but they provided me with a brace sort of thing. She had to do the root canal in two stages: cleaned the tooth out, medicated the canals, and sent me home with 10 days of antibiotic, and then finished the root canal on the second trip. This was in a molar with a crown, no less. My understanding is that generally a tooth that has had a root canal is then crowned, and your own regular dentist can do that. My regular dentist patched the crown.

The dentist will send you home with some painkillers. I only took it for about 1 1/2 days to take the edge off.

It's not as bad as I had imagined, but it's not fun.
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I agree...see an endo. Just finished one (again) and this one takes the cake of root canals. I'm a root canal vet, so I expected this to be a piece of cake. No it did not hurt, but this endo had the toughest time trying to find a root that appears to have been hidden by a very thick filling. Two of the roots had been filled but the earlier endo could not find the canal of the other one despite repeated attempts. This session took 3 1/2 hours and it hurt my jaw having to be open for so long. He had already put in a temporary filling and had to take it out. Know that rubber thingy they put over the tooth exposing just the tooth they are working on and covering the inside of the rest of your mouth? Well they put that on and took it off 3 times, each of the 2 times thinking I was done and ready to go home! Not!!! Boy, the endo lost money on me that day, but I am glad he is the perfectionist that he was. No dentist would have the expertise to touch that one with a 10-ft pole. You'd be more comfortable in knowing that the person doing your RC is one who has done this countless times, much like you'd want a veteran OB delivering your baby. He had very advanced tools as well...he did the procedure using a microscope, similar to a laparoscope, so that the minutest of canals is magnified many times over.

It's not bad really...a couple of ibuprofens and some soreness for a couple of days. He may write you a script for antibiotics as a precaution. I did not need to fill mine. You'll be fine!
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, FL
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ooh.. the mere word makes me cringe. I am the most terrified and have the utmost sensitive teeth. Right now, I think I need a root canal and won't go. I needed a crown because they thought my tooth was cracked and this was to avoid a root canal. The first visit no problem (back in Feb 08.) then the 2nd visit, they hardly could put the cap on without me going balistic. Go figure.. no problem the first time (had 4 shots and could still feel it). Finally done.. but I still can't eat on it. He says I need a root canal. Sorry.. I can't do it. It doesn't hurt.. just when I chew.. seems a little better. Anyway, I have to be put under if I go back. Can't do it.. really... I have nightmares. AND...

not to make matters worse... my husband had a BAD root canal. Went to have done, and left a metal piece in it...(didn't know that it broke off when they were cleaning it). Then went to another dentist specializing in root canals.. and found out that not all of the root was gone.. then he had these horrible alergic reactions.. tongue would swell up, his hands and feet. Went to numerous doctors and told him his immune system was bad due to the BAD root canal he had. He finally just had it pulled.. and has not had a problem with his immune system since then. (Probably can understand why I'm terrified of the root canal thing). I know many people have them and they don't have any problems. So good luck. I know I have a decision to make shortly.. not sure what I'm gong to do.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I would go to an endodontist. I have had 2 root canals. Neither one was a bad experience at all. My first one was done by my regular dentist and he was very skilled. ( Still, I would opt for the endodontist. I also think you should have wisdom teeth out by no one but an oral surgeon too!) No pain or discomfort. Now what led up to having to have the first one, a severely abscessed tooth WAS very painful, but the root canal was not at all.

(And believe me...it's NOT that I have a high tolerance for pain!)
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:42 PM
 
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I had one about 5 years ago, and it was no big deal at all. I couldnt figure out what all the fuss was about when I said I was having it done. I did go to a speacilist and was given pain pills, which I didnt need after day 2.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:53 PM
 
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I think the technology has changed remarkably. I had one in the mid 70s after an accident, and it was excruciating. I had one last year, and I didn't feel a cotton-picking thing. I didn't even bother having the pain prescription filled. Seriously. The guy was an artist.
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Moving
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Default Talked inot a root canal even when I did not have any pain!!!

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Originally Posted by Janecj View Post
ooh.. the mere word makes me cringe. I am the most terrified and have the utmost sensitive teeth. Right now, I think I need a root canal and won't go. I needed a crown because they thought my tooth was cracked and this was to avoid a root canal. The first visit no problem (back in Feb 08.) then the 2nd visit, they hardly could put the cap on without me going balistic. Go figure.. no problem the first time (had 4 shots and could still feel it). Finally done.. but I still can't eat on it. He says I need a root canal. Sorry.. I can't do it. It doesn't hurt.. just when I chew.. seems a little better. Anyway, I have to be put under if I go back. Can't do it.. really... I have nightmares. AND...

not to make matters worse... my husband had a BAD root canal. Went to have done, and left a metal piece in it...(didn't know that it broke off when they were cleaning it). Then went to another dentist specializing in root canals.. and found out that not all of the root was gone.. then he had these horrible alergic reactions.. tongue would swell up, his hands and feet. Went to numerous doctors and told him his immune system was bad due to the BAD root canal he had. He finally just had it pulled.. and has not had a problem with his immune system since then. (Probably can understand why I'm terrified of the root canal thing). I know many people have them and they don't have any problems. So good luck. I know I have a decision to make shortly.. not sure what I'm gong to do.
My dentist was bugging me to come in since I have not been in for a year. Everything was fine, I had no pain, I could eat anything until! He told me I had a cracked #2 tooth upper right molar and it needed to be crowned. I trusted him and said ok do it. To make a long story short, after 2 weeks of having this high noble porcelain crown I cannot bite down hard on it. The crown cost $900+. Then my dentist suggested I have tooth number 21 looked at by an Endodontist, as a prior root canal on that tooth looked like it was going bad. I had absolutely no pain in the tooth and after spending $1370.00 for a re do on this tooth I am in pain.

So I went from no pain to pain. Should and can I sue my dentist and Endodontist for making me very uncomfortable!?????: mad:: mad:: mad:: mad:
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:03 PM
 
Location: southern california
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save a bundle go to mexico.
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Moving
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save a bundle go to mexico.
Would rather send them with a one way ticket to Mexico. These Endodontists and Dentists really have some scam going!
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