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What is my recourse for endodontist error resulting in hot nerve?

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What is my recourse for endodontist error resulting in hot nerve?

Redo it.: Many endodontist will redo the procedure without charge. Do negotiate with the endodontist about the hot nerve and want him please redo the procedure without charge, since they already charged a lot before. ...Read more

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Endodontics (Definition)

Endodontists are experts in treating diseases of the pulp and peri-apical tissues. They now do root canals under a microscope if they have remained current. Their procedures are mostly pain free with very positive results. They are proficient in treating difficult cases and know root anatomy better than anyone. They are also experts ...Read more


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If an endodontist is unsuccessful in his procedure, should you still pay him plus his partner to finish it?

More info please: Please repost your question with more details if you want a better answer than the ones already given you. The answer might be yes or no depending upon the details. ...Read more

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Endodontist said I have a perforated root. What does this mean?

Endodontist said I have a perforated root. What does this mean?

About perforations: If your tooth has had a previous root canal, a perforation is a man-made opening in the side of the tooth or root. This is a complication that needs to be repaired in order for your tooth to be retained. Some perforations are not repairable and could result in the need for extraction. Those that are small and recent can often times be treated. Teeth without perforations generally last longer. ...Read more

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Call out to endodontists: can I take my antibiotics 6 months late?

Antibiotics: Usually by now the infection is healed if you completed your dental work. You should contact your doctor to make sure you don't need more treatment. ...Read more

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What is endodontist vs periodontist?

What is endodontist vs periodontist?

Endo vs Perio: A endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of the nerve of teeth. He can surgically or through conventional root canal treatment save teeth from being lost. A periodontist is a dentist specialized in the treatment of the supporting tissues of the teeth, such as the gums, jaw bone and periodontal ligament. Both fields in dentistry are essential in saving teeth. ...Read more

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When will lan endodontist do a root canal?

When will lan endodontist do a root canal?

When needed.: Usually there is pain and/or swelling that signals to a person that their tooth requires root canal treatment.
Some teeth give little indication that there's a problem within their dental pulp or area around the roots. These cases are often discovered, unexpectedly, during a routine dental examination. ...Read more

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Can an endodontist see if you need a root canal?

Can an endodontist see if you need a root canal?

Yes: An endodontist or general dentist can perform diagnostic tests to determine if you need a root canal. Sometimes it can be very difficult to determine which tooth is causing pain, or in some cases if it is from a tooth at all. An endodontist or general dentist will be able to help you figure this out. ...Read more

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I was wondering, do endodontists pull out teeth too?

I was wondering, do endodontists pull out teeth too?

Of course he/she can: Endodontists are dentists with 2-3 additional years of specialty education in root canal treatment. Extraction of teeth and implant placement is within the scope of Endodontics. ...Read more

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What types of tools does an endodontist use--microscope?

Endodontic Equipment: Care standards in diagnosis and treatment of oral cavity diseases require special professional instruments, X-ray, Apex Locator and an operating microscope. ...Read more

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Could endodontists prescribe pain pills after a root canal?

Could endodontists prescribe pain pills after a root canal?

Root canal pain: Yes, an endodontist may prescribe pain medication following a root canal. They may also prescribe an antibiotic if they feel it is indicated. The decision will be left to the endodontist performing the treatment. ...Read more

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Has anyone had an iinexperienced endodontist cause a root canal gone wrong?

Yes...: Unfortunately, every profession has its bad eggs, despite how many credentials on the wall. In fact, if there are too many, would worry about the self-confidence of the professional. Having said that, am not sure what you are basing your statement that the endodontist is 'inexperienced'. That is not an assessment you can likely make. Perhaps you are just pissed. ...Read more

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Why would an endodontist give up on doing a root canal before he finished it?

Why would an endodontist give up on doing a root canal before he finished it?

Something gone wrong: He wouldn't unless something went wrong, or is more complicated than originally thought, if simply gives up, and doesn't explain, and doesn't make an appropriate referral, (s)he has not performed service correctly. Go back to your general dentist, or find a good one if don't have. Important (opinion): for dental or general health problems, always c good generalist first (topic 4 blog 2 come). ...Read more

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Will the endodontist lower price? Charged 1700 on top of dentist's 1500 for crown

Ask questions: It is always wise to discuss the fees prior to starting treatment. Fees are often regional, but are largely determined by either 1) the maximum allowed fee based on contractual agreement with an insurance company or 2) whatever the dentist decides is fair. Root canal therapy fees vary widely. Some endodontists will spend more time on a case and charge more (good), some less time and charge more. ...Read more

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My endodontist said my tooth has healed pretty good simce the day I had my root cank done, does that mean my tooth will still have discoloration?

My endodontist said my tooth has healed pretty good simce the day I had my root cank done, does that mean my tooth will still have discoloration?

Not necessarily: Not all root canaled teeth discolor. In fact, teeth root canaled early in the disease process rarely discolor as it is the byproducts of disease in a tooth that usually cause the discoloration. If the tooth begins to discolor, you can try internal bleaching or cover the tooth with a veneer or crown. Time will tell. Good luck! ...Read more

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What all does an endodontist do in their job?

What all does an endodontist do in their job?

"Endo"=inside: Endodontists treat problems related to the tissues located inside the tooth. When the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected and is or will cause disease, the endodontist might perform root canal therapy to treat it. Other procedures include retreatment of root canals, or surgical treatment of root canals. Endodontists are also experts at addressing dental trauma, and often diagnosing pain. ...Read more

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Why would one endodontist go back in and redo a root canal his partner started>i saw films and it was a big redo.?

Why would one endodontist go back in and redo a root canal his partner started>i saw films and it was a big redo.?

See prior answers ++: One of three reasons: (1) first dentist got into a problem that became beyond his expertise, and referred to his partner, who has more experience and expertise about the problem at hand (most likely; give them the benefit of the doubt). (2) this is a routine way of approaching root canal problems in that practice, and perhaps it wasn't and redo, but next stage. (3) $ (less likely. ...Read more

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One of my molar roots fails to heal, so the endodontist suggested to amputate it after the 6th session. What does that mean?

One of my molar roots fails to heal, so the endodontist suggested to amputate it after the 6th session. What does that mean?

Surgery: A root amp is like removing the weak link in a chain, preserving the chain.
It is usually done on an upper molar that has 3 roots. The bad root is simply removed from the tooth and a 3 rooted tooth then becomes a 2 rooted tooth. Your dentist will know if this is appropriate for your tooth. ...Read more

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I have asked endodontist for some of my personal medical dental records and they refused to give me all photos. Is that legal?

Well...: Your dental record legally belongs to you. The endodontist can charge you for the reproduction of them, but that's about it. Most photos are electronic, they can be emailed. I'm not sure why you would need all of them' but that's not the point. ...Read more

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Root canal - who does it= endodontist or general dentist?

Root canal - who does it= endodontist or general dentist?

Depends: Some general dentists will do root canals and some do not. Also it may depend on the tooth anatomy, which tooth, or if it a root canal that needs to be retreated. ...Read more

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Can a general dentist do a root canal or only an endodontist?

Any licensed dentist: I believe, like here in missouri, any general dentist can perform any aspect of dentistry a specialist would do. There are many gps who like doing things like root canals and are very good at it. They just never went to a grauate training program for a specialty certificate. Just like a gp can remove teeth, like an oral surgeon.
The gps choice. ...Read more

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Should I go to a general dentist or a endodontist for a root canal?

Should I go to a general dentist or a endodontist for a root canal?

Either: A general dentist often can do the root canals, but many don't want to anymore. They may refer you in some instances if the dentist feels that the root canal is best done by a specialist. Decision often is made depending upon the difficulty and time management. ...Read more

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Why would an endodontist do my root canal and not a regular dentist?

Why would an endodontist do my root canal and not a regular dentist?

Complexity: General dentist evaluate the tooth and see if he/she can do the root canal. If the root canal looks too complex they may send the patient to a endodontist. The endodontist spercializes in root canals and is especially good at complex procedures. Last the dentist for whatever reason may not feel comfortable with doing the root canal. ...Read more

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Why should an endodontist do my root canal and not my regular dentist?

C prior answers ++: Ever good health professional--- be it physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, generalist (regular), chiropractic, acupuncturist, osteopath, specialists, physical therapist, nutritionist, alternative medical therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists (md or do), must know their limitations and know when to refer. Basic tenet: first, do no harm. ...Read more

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What else besides a shot of novocaine can a endodontist give you for a root canal?

Another shot: There are different shots that can be given: in the back jaw, around the tooth, in the gum pockets of the tooth and down the canals in the root of the tooth. Sometimes some doctors may prescribe a valium or a sedative medication to help patients. Consult your endodontist. ...Read more

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Do you have to go to an endodontist instead of a dentist if you want your root canal?

Do you have to go to an endodontist instead of a dentist if you want your root canal?

Maybe not.: Many general dentists are able to do excellent root canals with experience. Difficult cases are better treated by an endodontist as they have high resolution microscopes that most general dentists do not. I have been practicing dentistry as a general dentist for 26 years and have treated over 1500 endodontic cases with excellent results. That said I refer cases to endodntists that are difficult. ...Read more

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Why would an endodontist send tissue sample to pathologist after a apicoectomy? What are they looking for?

Routine exam: It is routine to send tissues to be evaluated by the pathologist. The tissue is typically inflammation or a cyst and they just want to confirm this. Do not worry. It is very rare that it is something other than this. ...Read more

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When an endodontist has to do a root canal through a tooth w/ a crown, why would he tell me to get a new crown?

When an endodontist has to do a root canal through a tooth w/ a crown, why would he tell me to get a new crown?

Hole in existing one: When endodontists do a root canal on a tooth with an existing crown they must drill a hole through it. If the crown is porcelain then it is common for the porcelain to crack and break during the procedure and a new crown may be required. If the structural integrity of the crown is unaffected by the root canal then you should be able to have the access cavity to the root canal filled. ...Read more

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What does an endodontist mean when he says my front tooth has healed pretty good after I had a root canal done!?

What does an endodontist mean when he says my front tooth has healed pretty good after I had a root canal done!?

That's: I think it means just what he said--it's healing. Root canals are done to treat diseased teeth, which often create disease in the bone and soft tissues around them. Not all root canals have the desired effect--meaning they fail. If healing is happening in your case, it means the tooth, bone and soft tissues are getting better--the disease is going away. Your root canal was a success. ...Read more

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Does an already placed tooth crown need to replaced if the endodontist needs to drill through it to do retreatment?

Usually, not: Usually a root canal can be done without having to replace the crown. The existing crown do not need to be changed if it has good marginal seal. ...Read more

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Should I show courtesy by calling my periodontist who says "extractions" before I contact an endodontist without his knowledge on my own?

Get a second opinion: Regardless, if you call or not, always get a second opinions when discussing extractions of permanent teeth. Take care. ...Read more

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Do endodontists usually treat a periodontal issue like a deep sulcus and no need for a root canal? Or, would they refer out to a periodontist?

See periodontist: Endodontists are dentists who have at least 2-3 years of advanced training in root canals. For periodontal issues see periodontist. ...Read more

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What can I do if my tooth is starting to discolor after a root canal? My endodontist said he can can't even tell, I don't know if it's just me!

What can I do if my tooth is starting to discolor after a root canal? My endodontist said he can can't even tell, I don't know if it's just me!

Internal Bleaching: Internal (walking) bleaching is done, where the opening that was made for the root canal is re-opened, a cotton pellet saturated in dental bleach is placed in, and a temporary material seals the opening.

You typically see the dentist 1 week later, they remove the temporary filling, pellet of bleach, analyze the result and if you are happy, re-seal the tooth.

But you may need crown for support. ...Read more

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I had root canal 4 day ago. Hurt to chew softer food on that side. Is that normal? Will wait another week before call endodontist. Rt lower wisdom

I had root canal 4 day ago. Hurt to chew softer food on that side. Is that normal? Will wait another week before call endodontist. Rt lower wisdom

Unfortunately, yes: You have just completed a surgical procedure that will place high demands on your body's ability to heal. Everyone's healing capacity differs from person to person. But it is not unreasonable to assume a healing period of 4-7 days. The key is to identify if the pain is getting better or worse. It should gradually improve day to day. If not, seek a follow up. ...Read more

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My endodontist started a root canal and put a temp crown on it. Going to finish in 2 weeks and put another temp on it. 3rd visit is crown. Normal?

Root Canal: Yes very normal. Often root canal procedures take a couple of appointments to complete. A crown is placed almost as a standard of care on molar teeth in the us., after root canal due to extensive loss of tooth structure, and to protect tooth as root canal treated teeth can be more brittle after procedure. Be sure to follow up and have crown placed to protect tooth for many years of use. ...Read more

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When there is a root canal retreatment, does the endodontist usually fill the lesion at the tip root with bone material for the lesion to heal quick?

When there is a root canal retreatment, does the endodontist usually fill the lesion at the tip root with bone material for the lesion to heal quick?

RC Retreatment: RC retreatment is different from an apicoectomy, which may or may not involve the placement of bone at the surgical site. Discuss the treatment with your endodontist and his/her reasonings for bone fill material in your specific situation. ...Read more

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Personal opinion is that a general dentist should refer a root canal out to an endodontist. Would you not want that if you were a trained endodontist?

Ability, not degree: In almost all cases, endodontists do have more training than general dentists in performing rct. That does not insure better treatment nor a more successful outcome. Ultimately it is the care, expertise and proficiency for each and every case that determines the quality of care, and not necessarily the degree. It is always best to give patients the choice and let them decide what they want to do. ...Read more