I had a root canal done 10 years ago this September with a crown. My dentist told me this week after looking at an x-ray he did, that I have some infection around one of the root tips of this same tooth (lower left rear tooth, second from the last). He would like to refer me to a root canal specialists for treatment. He said I may need an apicectomy(sp?)....my questions is this....looking at stats of a procdure like this...would it be just as easy and beneficial to have it extracted? I am a 38 year old healthy male.

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  • Wendy Roberts

    Wendy Roberts 13 - September - 2010, at 00:25 AM

  • Common Reasons for Root Canals are : The tiny canals contain the pulp of the tooth also commonly referred to as the nerve, which originates from the pulp chamber. Any trauma or infection of the nerve will result in the need for root canal therapy. Common reasons for root canal therapy include: Tooth decay invades the tooth, penetrating through the enamel and then the dentin in to the pulp. A tooth has become abscessed - also known as infected from decay. Trauma, such as a chipped or broken tooth, occurs and results in the exposure of the nerve. A tooth is slowly dying, due to aging or past trauma that did not result in the need for treatment at the time of injury. You should talk to ur dentist about it.

  • sweety

    sweety 12 - September - 2010, at 23:22 PM

  • Within the last 2 years i have had a bit of work done to a problematic tooth. It had a cavity for about 7 years i was'nt aware of that eventualy led a good 1/3 of the inner side fracturing off. I went to the dentist and then learned of the cavity had a root canal done and some shaping then a temp cap put in place. The cap was very painful and near impossible to chew with, and then it came loose all of a sudden. Went back to the dentists and he put it back on with supposedly stronger cement and for a time it didnt bother me that much to chew on however recently it has. Though, it hasnt been bothering me as bad as it originaly did. It almost always bleeds a bit when i brush it as well. Wondering if i have an infection. It did bleed a bit when i brushed it before it was replaced.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 08 - April - 2010, at 19:43 PM

  • If the Root Canal specialist i.e Endodontist say that tooth can be saved by Apicocectomy or Re-Root canal treatment then it is better to save the tooth than to get it extracted. If you get is extracted, then you may have to go for implant or fixed bridge. Apicecectomy is done when root treatment fails with infection in the root tip. In this procedure, the tip of the root is cut. It is a surgical procedure and is quite successful. In re-root canal treatment, the old root canal filling is removed and after removing the infection, the filling is done again. It is not surgical procedure. Your endodontist will decide after clinical examination and xrays, which treatment is recommend in your case. For more info on Apicocetomy, you can read this article from our website.. www.identalhub.com/article_procedure-for-apicetomy-93.aspx

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