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Old 04-18-2019, 07:56 AM
 
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My question is - what exactly is a "failed" root canal? OP should explain this. Seems strange that they would ALL fail - but he did say he had bad teeth after dipping tobacco for years.....tobacco users tend to lose their teeth.
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:27 AM
 
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Um, this! Why keep going back to the same one that can't seem to get it right? There are good dentists and bad ones. Drop him like a hot coal.
So, yeah. I had the Root Canals over about a 3 year period. However, they all started failing at the same time. It wasn't a situation where I just kept going back to the guy even though the root canals were failing. Of course, I wouldn't let him perform a root canal on another tooth!
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:29 AM
 
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Know what the definition for insanity is? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting results.
Again...I had the Root Canals over about a 3 year period. I didn't keep going back to him for new root canals after the initial failures. They had all been done before the first one failed.
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:40 AM
 
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Did you get crowns placed on the teeth after the root canals?
What was the EXACT reason for the teeth needing to be removed? A new cavity?
Here's the exact process for each tooth:

1. Dentist gets rid of decay.
2. Dentist puts on temporary crown
3. Endodontist performs root canal.
4. After a healing period (2-4 weeks), Dentist puts on permanent crown.

The same thing was done for all of the treated teeth.

There were no new cavities, nothing on the X-Rays. I saw multiple Dentists (four different Dentists in four different offices across 3 different cities). Nobody knows why the root canals failed. The best explanation I've been given is that my teeth won't heal due to the severe gum recession. This explanation was given to me by the Endodontist who performed the root canals. He didn't tell me this until after I had paid him almost $5,000 for four root canals. He didn't even say..."hey, there's a chance this might now work because of your severe gum recession." I'm not complaining too much though. It's my fault. I'm sure I signed some paper work that had this caveat on it. Live and learn.

I did talk to another person who had a similar experience, and they were also former smokeless tobacco users who quit. So, the gum recession explanation is probably correct.

The EXACT reason for the extractions is that they all started hurting again. Not as bad as they did before the root canals, and no cold sensitivity...but severe pressure sensitivity.

I've had 3 of the 4 extracted now. Going to put implants on one side so I'll have one side to chew on. My dentist was nice and gave me a refund for the crowns that helps me on the implants. Wish the Endodontist would give me a refund too, haha!!
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:48 AM
 
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My question is - what exactly is a "failed" root canal? OP should explain this. Seems strange that they would ALL fail - but he did say he had bad teeth after dipping tobacco for years.....tobacco users tend to lose their teeth.
Well, I might be incorrectly using the term. What I mean when I say "failed" root canal is that the pain returned to the teeth? They all became sensitive to pressure again. None of them became cold sensitive again, but they became severely sensitive to pressure again. Also, they would actually just hurt while I was sitting down doing nothing.

I've had two other root canals that have not failed, albeit by two different Endodontist. These two teeth were not really hurting at the time of the root canals though...at least not in the same way these other teeth hurt. I let the decay on these teeth get to the point to where they hurt severely. Then, I would go do the whole root canal and crown procedure.

I'm sure it's the smokeless tobacco. At least, I quit before I got oral cancer...or so I hope. I've seen multiple dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, and one implant specialist person (not sure of right title for her)...They all say no signs of oral cancer, but also can't explain the root canaled teeth still hurting.

Dentists tell you that root canals have an 85% success rate (give or take). I assumed that meant it would be successful for 85% of teeth treated. Now, I think it means that the procedure will be successful for 85% of patients...and I'm in the other 15%, probably due to using smokeless tobacco for 22 years.
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