Posted by: Puzzled | 2008/06/01




I have up to now been generally good in going for regular 6/12 mth check ups to my dentist and have had to return for no more than 2 visits. However, this year, I was putting it off and putting it off until I eventually ended up going early last month. It turned out that I hadnt been for about 2 years - I was horrified!

I went on a Wed and my dentists took routine x-rays and said I must return Fri as I had a bad hole in the bottom back tooth on my left and he would have to do root treatment. I subsequently (reluctantly I dont mind saying!) returned Fri where he then said he found a way to bypass the root treatment and instead put in a lining and sedative dressing and said unless I had pain problems it should be fine for a couple of months. It was fine for a while until about 2nd week May. I had to return for another visit anyway on 13 May and during the previous 7-10 days I started getting pain in that area - I couldnt eat at all that on that side - I told him about this and he took more x-rays and said he unfortunately would have to do the root treatment - it was the only way to save the tooth - but said I would have to wait until he returned from holiday - hes now away 3wks - and my 1st 1hr appointment is for 25 June - my question is am I going to survive until then or am I going to have to to someone else before then? I mean can the problem get worse from a tooth-saving point of view? I am still getting pain on and off but take stopane and then its fine. He said my dressing had come out and he fixed it but said that wouldnt have been the cause of my pain - it was more likely to be nerve pain - it was right on the nerve.

Thank you for your help.

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

Your dentist is right. somtimes even though the hole isvery close to the nerve the pain persists despite the sedative dressing. In this case a root canal treatment is unavoidble. waiting 3 weeks should nt decrease chances success of the root treatment, however if the pain is severe, ask your dentist to refer you to somone who is seeing to his emergency cases while he is away

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