Failed root canal:
I went to my dentist for a root canal on tooth #45.
After several visits she told me the root canal cannot be completed because after several attempts, she could not reach to the root. She said there is a pulp stone blocking the root. It is not visible on the x-ray.
She then told me that the only solution is to have tooth extraction as there is abcess on the tooth. I don't want to have my tooth extracted. Is there any other way to solve this problem?
What kind of xray should I go for so the pulp stones can be made to be visible? I cant bear the thought even of wearing false teeth! Thanks ...Visitor from Phillipines
Go to another dentist to have them remove the pulp stone or carefully drill through it.
Go to an endodontist for a consultation if one is available.
Usualy pulp stones can be seen on x-rays as opacities which can give a dentist an idea as to location of the canals. I wish you luck.
Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
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