Dental question

Posted by imallears @imallears, Thu, Apr 25 6:05pm

Hi,

Didn’t know where to start this thread but has anyone ever been diagnosed by a dentist for root reabsorption?
Apparently it should be taken care of ASAP by either root canal or extraction.

Thank for any info

Florida Mary

@imallears

@lioness
Been rinsing with salt water for 2 days and will do so for a couple more….I’m an old salt.

FL Mary

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@imallears Me too I love Vicks had a cold sore applies Vicks 2days gone

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@lioness

@imallears I'm sure Dr told you to rinse with saltwater it helps heal

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@hopeful33250 Teresa what kind of tomatoes do you use for roasting I bought the longated ones would these be o.k. and do you slice them?

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@lioness

@hopeful33250 Teresa what kind of tomatoes do you use for roasting I bought the longated ones would these be o.k. and do you slice them?

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@lioness I usually use the grape tomatoes. Sometimes I slice them but not always. Personal preference I suppose.

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I am a healthy 70+. Always have taken good care of dental, because I have some periodontal issues. Have always had good quality (and costly) dental professionals. 3 yrs. ago I had a 3-tooth bridge on upper right (teeth 13, 14, 15). As an experiment, I had it done by a highly-regarded University dental clinic in NYC to save money. It was a disaster. I fought them for 6 months and got my $3K back. Then I returned to my expensive prosthodontist of 10 years – who I think does good work (but he is breaking the bank $$$) and he, perhaps, over treats out of over-caution. Well, now I need a root canal in #13 due to slight crack caused either by NYC Dental Clinic or by him in the past of by nature? I have ABSOLUTELY NO PAIN OR DISCOMFORT, but I discovered it myself as I could feel a bit of "sponginess" inside my cheek.
So he took Xrays and now wants his associate to do a CAT SCAN. I object. First, too many Xrays in general. Second CT Scan is more damaging than Xrays. Third – I am running out of money! He gave up in frustration and i gave up in disgust several months ago.

However, everyone says I have to get it fixed. Abscess can be threatening, I have 2 TKR's and cannot get infections. Abscess is an infection (!)
And there is all this talk about abscess spreading to brain, eye etc.,etc. Again, I feel NO DISCOMFORT. I would like to go to another dentist/prosthodontist, endodontist but I guess it makes no sense. He did the bridge and I hope feels responsible for keeping it healthy (which he probably does). If the root canal is done by his associate, he is still in the line of responsibility. So I suppose I have to go back (even though he says he has gone above and beyond and can do no more based on my rejection of root canal and Cat Scan). I AM HOPING IF HE AND I AGREE TO CONTINUE THAT I CAN AT LEAST REJECT THE CAT SCAN. In a dilemma………….

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Hi @tennisgolf – It sounds as if you have had a frustrating and, at times, discouraging quest to maintain your dental health. I feel for you and I know how expensive the treatments can be. I'm in FL and can only imagine the prices in NYC! I had two TKR's so I can also relate to the importance of not getting any infections started. Of course, none of us here can give medical advice, but if it were me, I would follow the dentist's advice for both the root canal and the CT scan if he will take you back. I would not want to take a chance with infection even if there is no pain or discomfort and I truly wouldn't worry about exposure to the small amount of additional radiation with the CT scan. If the issue is primarily financial, would the office be amenable to working out some kind of payment plan?

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@debbraw

Hi @tennisgolf – It sounds as if you have had a frustrating and, at times, discouraging quest to maintain your dental health. I feel for you and I know how expensive the treatments can be. I'm in FL and can only imagine the prices in NYC! I had two TKR's so I can also relate to the importance of not getting any infections started. Of course, none of us here can give medical advice, but if it were me, I would follow the dentist's advice for both the root canal and the CT scan if he will take you back. I would not want to take a chance with infection even if there is no pain or discomfort and I truly wouldn't worry about exposure to the small amount of additional radiation with the CT scan. If the issue is primarily financial, would the office be amenable to working out some kind of payment plan?

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@tennisgolf You do have a dilemma, for sure. Since you are a "healthy 70+" you do want to maintain your dental health, as @debbraw has commented. I agree with her, hopefully some type of financial plan can be worked out for you. Perhaps your income level would qualify you for some financial assistance on it. Frankly, I know nothing about what could be available but it seems as if something should be. I am sure you are doubtful about returning to a dental college clinic, but I know people who have had great work done at some of the ones in Boston. You had a bad experience but that doesn't mean that you would again. If you talk to them at the clinic and tell them about your prior experience perhaps they would make sure you got one of their more qualified students, about to graduate.

This is a really crazy idea, but my sister goes to a senior center and one of the women has had work done in Mexico. She flies to Texas and actually walks over the border to the dental clinic. She went there before for preliminary work, and is about to return to have the work completed. Even with the flights from here it is much less costly than having the work done here. She goes all alone too. I don't think I could do that but we never know what we might do if we are desperate. Apparently she is.

Good luck with this. I will be very interested in hearing what you decide. I hope you at least talk to the doctor about giving you a better rate and allowing you to pay over time, and also to someone at the dental clinic to see if you could go there with a guarantee of getting one of the most experienced students.
JK

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@debbraw

Hi @tennisgolf – It sounds as if you have had a frustrating and, at times, discouraging quest to maintain your dental health. I feel for you and I know how expensive the treatments can be. I'm in FL and can only imagine the prices in NYC! I had two TKR's so I can also relate to the importance of not getting any infections started. Of course, none of us here can give medical advice, but if it were me, I would follow the dentist's advice for both the root canal and the CT scan if he will take you back. I would not want to take a chance with infection even if there is no pain or discomfort and I truly wouldn't worry about exposure to the small amount of additional radiation with the CT scan. If the issue is primarily financial, would the office be amenable to working out some kind of payment plan?

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@ debbraw and tennisgolf

I’m in Florida also and my main dentist is expensive but has done beautiful crown work over the years. I have had a cracked tooth that I wasn’t aware of that showed up on a visual exam and a regular X-ray. The crack was on the surface. I have a hard bite and over the course of my 70 plus years I guess it was bound to happen. A crown was ultimately put on it….again I had no pain but didn’t want to risk infection or further deterioration.

The CT will enable the dentist to see if the crack is above or below the bone. The tooth can be saved if it above the bone by a root canal and then either a bore filling or a crown. If it is below the bone, the tooth can’t be saved and an implant is a possibility.

I’ve gone through a CT recently at an endodontist. I had pain in one tooth and ultimately a root canal and an apioectomy to cut off the bottom of the root to prevent future infection and then back to my regular dentist for a permanent bore filling. When the scan or imaging was done the results showed the tooth could be saved. So I’m guessing this is the concern of the Doctor and if it is, you should have been told that.

I know what you mean about the expense and I sometimes feel my dentist goes to the expensive extreme. I have negotiated discounts with the office on more than one occasion as I don’t have dental insurance and have also taken other less expensive options over the years. I figure a particular option will work for me now for a while and maybe for a long while. I also get periodontal maintenance every 4 months. They wanted every 3 months, I said no, every 4 is fine.

It’s natural to get shell shocked when you hear the prices quoted and then begin to wonder if you really need all this.

Personally, knowing what I know from my experience, I would go for the scan. I’m annoyed I needed 2 crowns, a root canal and an apioectomy this year so far to the tune of $6000 (endodontist alone was about $3). Last year was hearing aids. Insane. I wish you luck.

Regards from Mary Queen of Crowns

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