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Question:
Calcified Root Canal and Penicillin: I had a filling done on a cracked molar a couple of times. Last year, tooth became so sensitive that I could no longer bite down without it hurting, and it was sensitive to heat and cold.

A couple of months ago, my dentist filed down on the tooth thinking the sensitivity was due to filling too high. Molar still was sensitive, and last week, I saw a hole in the molar.

I went back to dentist who diagnosed that there was cavity beneath the filling. I wonder why he didn't find the cavity during my last visit. He recommended root canal, but could not complete the 3rd canal due to it being calcified.

Should I leave the 3rd root alone? He also prescribed penicillin. Is necesary to take the penicillin? ...Visitor from Laguna Hills

Answer:
This case represents a good example of how retreatment of failed root canals of teeth that must withstand the most extreme biting pressures can be costly and almost "never ending."

Most accomplished dentists would have recommended a dental implant replacement at the first sign of root canal treatment failure, ESPECIALLY in the case where the tooth is cracked.

Although a dental implant tooth replacement may SEEM to be an extreme cost...... retreatment attempts can easily outstrip the cost of an implant, that offers long term stability and endurance, with proper care.

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