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Root Canals Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
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

Answer:
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.

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Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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