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Old 10-04-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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I was told by an endodontist that I need three root canals on 24, 25, and 26. The teeth already have had root canals and crowns. He said he would do the new root canals through the crowns. The cost of $3000.00 is very reasonable according to the phone estimates I got from other offices. I have a small pimple on the gum which I am sure is an infection. If I can keep the infection down with cheap antibiotics, can I skip the root canal? Thanks for all replies.
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:41 PM
 
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Short answer no. You will need to have another root canal or have the tooth extracted in order to fully clear up the infection.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:22 PM
 
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If the first time they didn't get all of the canals completely I wonder how they expect to do it through a crown? For those teeth, being in front, I would expect endodontic surgery as a treatment, going in from the bottom of the roots. Also, if that dentist is much cheaper than the others I would definitely wonder why.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:41 PM
 
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I'd get a second opinion if they already had root canals and not just caps alone. But if just caps he can easily do them thru caps. Not much to a root canal now days unless you let it go to infection stage.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:22 AM
 
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Yeah, I'd ask for a second opinion too. I'm from Virginia, Minnesota but living in Budapest, Hungary at the moment and I can tell you that the prices are a lot lower. My friends recommended me this dental clinic <mod cut>

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Old 10-06-2014, 03:15 AM
 
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The sore in your mouth is the infection in one of your teeth coming to a head like a pimple, as opposed to your tooth just hurting like crazy. It can actually buy you a little more time to decide what you want to do. I had a molar that had a root canal and then a crown and years later that same tooth began hurting and my dentist did the root canal right through crown. You can't take antibiotics forever. If you find a prescription that gets rid of your pain and infection, it won't be long once you go off the meds that it will be right back. I think it comes down to if you would rather get 3 root canals done or if you want the teeth pulled.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:23 AM
 
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Better go for the root canal treatment by now itself, because it will definitely help to you avoid minor issues from starting stage itself.
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:30 AM
 
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It seems that you really not require root canal for this type of issue. Antibiotics can help to get rid of this problem. But, as dentist has suggested this i think your infection is big.So go with what your dentist is suggesting.
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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I'm not a dentist, but I've never heard of needing a second root canal once one is completed.

I've had several root canals over the decades & never had to have a second root canal done on the same tooth.

Did your dentist explain why you need root canals on teeth that already had root canals?
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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I'm not a dentist, but I've never heard of needing a second root canal once one is completed.

I've had several root canals over the decades & never had to have a second root canal done on the same tooth.

Did your dentist explain why you need root canals on teeth that already had root canals?

Oh, this is definitely possible and is what is known as a "retreat" in the dental field. It happens if all the infection and pulp was not removed during the initial root canal treatment. It will sometimes flare back up years later, thus, requiring a retreat. Also happens if the crown placed over your endo-treated tooth is not sealed properly and allows bacteria to seep under the crown into the canal.

OP, I think you should follow the advice of the dentist, and like someone else mentioned, you can't take antibiotics forever. Good luck!
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