THEETH

janetrobe
By janetrobe Latest Reply 2010-12-16 19:01:58 -0600
Started 2010-12-12 22:43:30 -0600

HAS ANY ONE HAD INFECTION IN A ROOT CANAL. I'M TAKING ANTIBIOTICS, BUT THE DENTIST SAID I NEED TO PULL THEM AND THEN GET IMPLANTS OR THEIR IS A SURGERY PROCEDURE THAT THEY CAN DO CLEAN THE INFECTION OUT. IF ANY ONE HAS HAD THIS DONE OR COULD GIVE ME SOME INFO ON THIS I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL. I'M REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT IT CAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS THE LESS INVASIVE WAY I CAN. THIS ALSO WILL PROTECT MY HEART (I HAVE 3 STINTS ). AND THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME . SO IF YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE LET ME KNOW. TX CONCERNED JANET


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LauraS
LauraS 2010-12-15 15:17:15 -0600 Report

I had implant surgery completed just a year ago. I had my two front teeth done. I had a genetic problem with bone loss. My dentist did bone grafting and I wore false teeth for a year. There was an infection that was scraped out and the bone grafting took a long time to heal, etc. I love my implants and they look great. Insurance does not cover implant surgery in NJ and luckily I have very nice sisters who helped me out with the cost. The total was almost $10,000 due to the bone grafting. The initial pulling of the teeth and cleaning the infection out was difficult and painful but well worth it.

janetrobe
janetrobe 2010-12-16 03:39:50 -0600 Report

was the infection in your teeth or the jaw bone? and was this done all in the dentist office? gee not sure i want to go thru all that, but i have to do something. guess i'm a chicken when i hear pain mentioned. :) also is your bg in normal range, mine is usually between 140 to 180. will this play a big part in the healing time? i have a lot of questions! lol and thank you. janet

LauraS
LauraS 2010-12-16 11:45:47 -0600 Report

I actually had a little hole in one tooth so I think the infection got into the bone. There was a lot of scraping. I didn't feel any pain during the process but afterwards I did have to take pain meds. I was not diagnosed with diabetes at that time. I was just diagnosed in May of this year. I know I had diabetes then and my sugar was probably pretty high. The dentist told me before hand that it would take about a year, I had bad bone loss and the grafting takes time to heal. If you don't have bone loss the procedure can be pretty quick. Everything was done in the dentists office and I shopped around until I found a dentist that would do all the work. Some dentists send you out for the actual implant part. If you decide to go with an implant I suggest talking to a few dentists. I went to three and picked the one I liked best even though he was more expensive. I could have gone with a six across bridge that would have saved me few thousand but bridges don't last as long and I didn't want to destroy good teeth. You probably have the option of getting a bridge. That's why it's best to get several opinions. Good luck. Even through the pain it's worth it in the end.

janetrobe
janetrobe 2010-12-16 19:01:58 -0600 Report

still not sure what i will do, but my whole mouth has root canals and caps. that was expensive enough and took me 8 years to get it all done and now this. i wish there was a dental plan that i could afford and for others so we can take care of our health. thanks so much for your info and to everyone that replied. God Bless and Merry Christmas…janet

Susanpwd2
Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 12:56:41 -0600 Report

I heard if you have health issues you should take an antibiotic before having any work at the dentist. This is what is scarring me because I need lots of work on my teeth.

Lisa07
Lisa07 2010-12-13 21:43:21 -0600 Report

Yes i need a root canal very soon… because my dentist make a mistake on my crown. my tooth is worst and of course i have an infection now. actually im very mad at her for making this huge mistake. I know her for a long time shes pretty good in the past. BTW it cost me so much money, that i can pay my other bills if i know this going to happen to me. im allergic to antibiotics. im looking for a new dentist that can do my root canal. i dont trust them anymore. i learn a lesson now, i carefully research fisrt. hopefully i can find someone who is good. so much money that i invested is going to the dentist for nothing… i hope for the best for you and goodluck!!!!!!
regards,
lisa

janetrobe
janetrobe 2010-12-14 11:33:36 -0600 Report

lisa what city are you in? i'm close to okla,city and i have a great dentist. post a request on this link near your city for a dentist. and good luck to you too. Janet

Lisa07
Lisa07 2010-12-14 12:30:39 -0600 Report

Hi Janet: i'm from Seattle,Washington and i'm self-employed business. thanks for your reply… well i have a couple of dentist and oral surgeon that i found online that is pretty good. i will have a free consultation first before i make a commitment. i hate to spends thousands of $$ if they doing a bad job. thanks again and let me know how you doing after your surgery. Goodluck and Happy Holidays!!!! to you and your family.
regards,
lisa

Harlen
Harlen 2010-12-13 11:22:32 -0600 Report

Ben there
If the teeth will not be missed have it puld if they will be get it fixed
and it matters what it cost ???

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-12-13 08:08:40 -0600 Report

I had an infected root canal a few years back and took antibiotics. I got it pulled and since I don't need it I didn't bother getting an implant. I have no complaints about it. The other issue you have is that high blood sugar can really mess with the bone and tissue around teeth so if you don't have your diabetes under control then you may have complications with any of the options you have.

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2010-12-13 06:56:28 -0600 Report

Hello Janet, This is a tough one. I recently went to the dentist with a painful tooth and found out that I had an infected root. I was given antibiotics and told to have a root canal or the tooth pulled. The root canal was going to cost approximately $1100.00, and I would need to get a cap made and put on the tooth after the root canal was complete. The cap would cost about $1200.00. An extraction would cost $ 275.00.

I could not afford the $2300.00 so I had the tooth pulled by an oral surgeon. I did not heal quickly because of the Diabetes. Now I am having trouble chewing because of the missing tooth. If I decide to get a false tooth put in where I had the one pulled, it will cost about $1800.00 to have that done. In the mean time I have to chew carefully or the socket of the pulled tooth gets sore. So either way it is a tough decision. If I had to do it over again, I probably would have gotten a loan and had the root canel, and a cap made and installed over the bad tooth.

If I were in your position I definitely would talk to my PCP and get their advice since your health issues may have an impact on your treatment. Good luck to you however you decide to go. Let us know how you make out. Best wishes.
jeffrey9127

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