From Chris Conaway To Chris Conaway My mother, who is 80, has a problematic tooth. The dentist treating her informed her, after examination, that she will need a root canal, as well as a post build-up. It's going to cost her $1500 for the work. The dentist also informed her that, if the root canal doesn't "take," that she will need to have the tooth extracted, which will cost her an additional $1100. This just doesn't sound quite right. Isn't it possible in most cases, to determine if the tooth will benefit from a root canal, or if it should just be extracted, by examining the xrays? Are both processes really necessary, at double the expense? Please provide me with some insight on this matter-

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 19 - January - 2013, at 08:43 AM

  • Yes, it can be decided by seeing the X-ray that whether the root canal treatment should be done or the extraction should be done. At the age of 80 sometimes it is not possible to ascertain the success of the root canal treatment as the canals are some times calcified and root canal treatment becomes possible. For more info on root canal treatment you can visit the following link….. http://www.identalhub.com/article_what-if-root-canal-treatment-fails-303.aspx

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