When a person gets a root canal is it common practice for a general dentistry dentist to treat both canals if the tooth has two roots as in the case of the #5 tooth? I was seen by a dentist who put a crown on my #5 tooth. He did a root canal prior to the crown being placed on it. From the time he did it until now 5 months later I have been complaining that it hurts, that something is just not right with it. He took another xray and said there was nothing wrong. The last 3 times in his office he did this. I finally went to another dentist who said that only one root had the root canal and I had an abscess at the end of the other root which was not treated. Now I will have to pay a specialist $500 for something that I think was done incorrectly the first time. My new dentist and the Endodontist doesn't understand why my original dentist only did one root? Did my first dentist do something wrong? thank you for your time I appreciate it.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 14 - June - 2011, at 19:54 PM

  • Your endodontist is right as there should not be any gap between two crowns. They should replicate the natural teeth and should have contact at the contact area but dental foss should be able to pass like in natural teeth.

  • Debi

    Debi 14 - June - 2011, at 14:53 PM

  • Thank you for responding Dr. Ritz. I'm at a loss as to why he did not do both canals. I am having the Endodontist work on the tooth which requires that he drill through the crown that was put on, remove the post put in by the first dentist and cleaning out BOTH of the canals. After the Endodontist is done with treatment I will go back to another dentist to have the drill hole plugged. I have lost confidence in my dentist that I have been with for years because of this as well as other problems. Namely two crowns he put in that has a significant space which now allows food to jam up into my gums. My new dentist says that is not how crowns should be placed that they should touch and the dental floss should snap in. To fix this I will require a replacement crown. I am just so mad that I have spent so much money on crowns and root canals in the past 4 years and now I'm having to pay again to repair the problems. It is just not right. I am filing a report with my quality department of my insurance to see what they can do. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 13 - June - 2011, at 18:51 PM

  • When the root canal treatment is done, all the canals present in tooth are treated. If there are 2 or 3 canals then all the canal need treatment untill and unless one is calcified and in that case also the chances of failure are more. May be your dentist is not able to reach the other canal or it may just be omission otherwise in Root Canal treatment if your tooth has 2 canal, both the canals are supposed to be treated. Now it is better to get the treatment done from Endodontist as Re-root canal treatment has to be done if your really want to save the tooth. For more info on re-root canal treatment you can read this article... www.identalhub.com/article_root-canal-re-treatment-304.aspx

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