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If lower molar is very decayed,is it better to do root canal or remove it?how many roots are in it?asking coz did many root canals on other teeth

If lower molar is very decayed,is it better to do root canal or remove it?how many roots are in it?asking coz did many root canals on other teeth

More info needed: The restoration of this tooth really depends on how broken down it is. If the tooth is compromised to the point where it cannot support a crown, then it might be better to extract it and have an implant placed. ...Read more

Molar Tooth (Definition)

The permanent molars occupy the most posterior portion of the dental arch. They are the primary grinding teeth in the mouth. Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. The third, rearmost molar in each group is called a wisdom tooth. It is the last tooth to appear, breaking through the gum tissue at about ...Read more


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Can you tell me how many x rays they take for root canal treatment of a lower molar?

Can you tell me how many x rays they take for root canal treatment of a lower molar?

Depends: Generally a preoperative x-ray (one straight on and one at an angle), if the dentist is using a root zx apical locator then a cone picture, if not then a file film and a cone picture with a final picture showing the canals filled and one of the build up. Even with all the x-rays these days the dose is so low standing outside or going to the airport security doses you more than the rct pictures. ...Read more

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If I have had a root canal in my lower back molar tooth, does that mean the extraction will be "surgery?"

Not necessarily: Possibly depends on how much tooth remains for the dentist to hold on to to extract the tooth sometimes one has to section the tooth to remove it. ...Read more

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Lower molar tooth hurts when biting down. Had root canal several years ago have filling. No crown. No sensitivity to head or cold. Thought?

Lower molar tooth hurts when biting down. Had root canal several years ago have filling. No crown. No sensitivity to head or cold.   Thought?

Cracked Tooth: Teeth that have root canals are more brittle. If the tooth is not adequately restored with a crown the remaining tooth structure will be very prone to crack. Visit a dentist to diagnose the problem before the pain worsens. ...Read more

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My dentist suggested root canal to my 2nd molar tooth with cavity in the lower jaw. I can't afford having crown, can I skip it n still get treatment?

Yes: Get the root canal. Make sure two things are done. First, have the tooth totally out of occlusion! second, have a bonded core placed after all previous fillings and decay is removed. Then try to avoid eating on this tooth. This can by you some time. The am assoc of endodontists recommends that all posterior teeth w root canals be protected w crowns or onlays! ...Read more

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I have a root canal molar tooth that has 1/4 broken, can it still be crowned?

I have a root canal molar tooth that has 1/4 broken, can it still be crowned?

Probably, assuming: Everything else is fine with the tooth and supporting bone and gums. Sometimes the remaining tooth structure is rebuilt prior to fabricating a crown. Discuss this issue with your own dentist. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a molar tooth that had root canal turn black above the crown?

Is it normal for a molar tooth that had root canal turn black above the crown?

Normal?: This only happens in a small percentage of cases, but in not uncommon. When the tissues inside the tooth deteriorate, the tooth can stain from within, leaving a darker area exposed. There are cosmetic remedies for this. Discuss your options with your own dentist. ...Read more

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I had root canal done on molar tooth.Is composite over the ceramic bridge as strong ceramic crown? Want to keep bridge if possible.thank you

Not as strong: However, it is a great alternative to replacing the bridge, especially if the bridge is fairly new and/or if the fit is still terrific. The restoration (as all restorations) needs to be monitored periodoncally for leakage and recurrent decay. If the tooth in question needed root canal therapy due to marginal decay, you should make a new bridge. ...Read more

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If I have a bottom molar tooth extrated, does the top matching tooth need extrated , as well? Bottom molar can be saved by root canal. I requested the tooth be pulled. Do to cost involed. The dentist advised he could pull the molar but the top matching to

Several : Several factors come into play. 1. Is the top molar functioning against any teeth? An unopposed too will supraerupt into the mouth causing problems. 2. Is the top molar free of any disease (such as decay and gum disease)? 3. Can you keep the top molar clean without any difficulty? I you can answer yes to all three questions then the tooth should be retained. If you answer no to one or more, discuss the situation with your doctor as to why he recommends removal. ...Read more

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