Root Canal - WRONG Diagnosis?

Discussion in 'Endodontics' started by TheMonkey, May 15, 2018.

  1. TheMonkey

    TheMonkey

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    I'm 47, have all my teeth except couple wisdom. Never had dental issues or other surgeries. Never needed braces, bite good.

    30 years ago, I had veneers put on 7, 8, 9, 10. This was purely cosmetic to fix small and gapped teeth. I always had compliments on my teeth, especially on the veneers from new dentists along the journey.

    Always had healthy gums. 3.5 years ago, I chipped bottom of veneers on a surfboard. Just the bottom, below the natural tooth, only the porcelain. A couple dentists told me I they can replace the veneers since they are cracked - both 8/9 have chips on bottom now.

    Buuut.... I waited 2 years between cleanings. Went in today to a new dentist. She said crack = root canal #8. WTF. Apparently a lot of gum recession now too (heard a lot of 3s & 4s), so I'm also feeling a little bitter right about now.

    I have not banged my tooth or anything. You should see the way this lady looked at me and now she wants to kill my tooth.
     
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    Get a couple of second opinions. I reckon if you are happy with them and a couple of second opinions find nothing wrong with the root then do nothing.
     
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    MattKW Verified Dentist

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    If you had a serious crack, then you should expect to be in pain. Teeth often have superficial cracks that do no harm. Veneers can crack too, but doesn't usually matter except for appearance sake.
     
    MattKW, May 16, 2018
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    Thanks. I scheduled a consultation at an Endodontist.

    I was just so surprised she said she wanted to do a root canal. I'm not sure why, except she kept talking about the crack, and based on previous comments about my chipped veneer, it felt like maybe she mistook the crack in veneer for the actual tooth, and I wondered if that was possible.

    Suppose I'll find out soon...
     
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    I'd see another dentist for an opinion too.
     
    Busybee, May 17, 2018
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    Well, I went to Endodontist.

    I don't need a root canal. The irritating part about this, is that the first dentist was ready to do a root canal right away. I never had any pain or swelling or discoloration or anything. I told her the crack was my veneer. Ugh. She was ready to do a full crown also.

    Only thing I need is new veneers.
     
    TheMonkey, Jun 12, 2018
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    MattKW Verified Dentist

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    Glad to hear. :)
     
    MattKW, Jun 13, 2018
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