Oral Health

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Posted by: Candice | 2010-03-08

Q.

Is this normal practice?

Hello,

My sister went to the dentist this morning and we are just wondering about what he did:

Once of her front teeth was decaying mostly at the back and a bit in the front. She went to the dentist and he took pictures and x-rays. Then he drilled a hole into her gum by the tooth to see how bad the damage is. There was one nerve that was slightly exposed which my sister said didn’ t give her any pain but now that the hole is now bigger because it was drilled, she is experiencing some pain. He then took tiny little pieces of cotton wool type stuff to fill the hole and put the coating over it, but he didn’ t cover up the hole by the root. Now she says she’ s in pain and it feels like she has wet cotton wool in her mouth by that tooth. That cost over R600 and on the invoice he charged for “ gross pulpal debridement”  which I googled and read it was similar to a cleaning? He also told her that she must come back for a root canal (which we don’ t know if it’ s 100% necessary because the nerve wasn’ t really exposed until he drilled)? The temporary fixing also will only last two to three weeks- is that normal? My younger sister had temporary caps put on both her two front teeth that were broken after she fell and they were supposed to last for a few months but they lasted for years. Is that the way they do it now? The dentist also said she must come back on Wednesday for the permanent cap n(which he quoted at nearly R6000 for not even a whole tooth)- is that normal?

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Oral health expert

yes the treatment sounds correct. after a root canal is done a crown is the best option to restore the tooth

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Posted by: dental expert | 2010-03-08

yes the treatment sounds correct. after a root canal is done a crown is the best option to restore the tooth

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