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Old 12-20-2006, 03:15 PM   #1
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ROOT Canal

Not bad enough, I have to pay dentist twice a year for cleaning and checking teeth. Now, at Christmas, found out I have abscess. HO HO HO. Guess I was bad girl this year, I really got lump of coal. Start off the New Year expecting to pay this bill. No, I have no insurance. They take xrays like you are going to run away or something. Can't believe how fast they do them.

Had appointment w/regular dentist who diagnosed the tooth as abscessed. Penicillian before hand and today he couldn't find third root. Said there are three roots. Sent me to SPECIALIST who will find root. Will have to return January 3. Meantime, I have temporary filling. Can I eat apples w/this? They told me I could eat anything.

I have always heard root canals are no fun. Was it because of pain or what the cost is? I cannot believe how much the specialist wants and asked me if I wanted to apply for loan? If I don't eat for year maybe I can save that way to pay for all this expense. I had no idea what was involved in ROOT canal. They couldn't tell me how they got abscessed. I thought all you had to do was visit dentist every six months like changing oil in car when needed. Boy, did this wake me up. My family said would be cheaper to get the thing pulled. They are right.

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Old 12-20-2006, 03:21 PM   #2
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For me, the pain was in the payment, not the actual work. I had to take out a loan to do mine and it really really really aggravated me. Then I had to have a crown put on it. They are running about $1000 here.

I have no dental insurance either.

Why oh why are medical expenses so high. Don't answer. That was a rhetorical question.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:56 PM   #3
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Half Baked, you KNOW how I feel!!! Thanks for compassion. Does your tooth still feel okay? What if you have problems later? No guarantees. So the actual procedure wasn't that painful? Glad to hear that. I just don't know how much the dentist and specialist will add up to.

Isn't it true you try to maintain your teeth and still have something you have to pay for. Like when you keep your food cold. It isn't supposed to spoil? Same way I feel about my teeth. It isn't matter of age either. Girl who was helping wasn't even 30 and she had had two root canals already. You just wonder what happens? I do floss and brush the way he told me to. Might as well not pay attention.

This really bothers me. Oh, well HB you do for sure. Thanks
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Old 12-20-2006, 04:12 PM   #4
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When I go into the dentist, and find out that I have ___ cavities or need root canals or crowns, all of the office people are amazed at how good a condition my gums are. I take great care of my teeth and they are just soft or bad genes.

I told my kids I was going to have all my teeth pulled and get fake ones. They screamed and screeched but I just can't afford all the problems. One dentist told me I'd need about $20K to make a pretty smile. Yeah, when monkeys fly out my (fill in blank).

The pain of the shot is no greater than getting a filling.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:33 PM   #5
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My brother had to have false teeth recently. In relation, getting false ones is cheaper. My brother could not believe it when I told him what it will cost. He said he was glad he didn't have to look forward to that anymore.

Just like doctors, they treat you after you get something. Never give you advice of preventing. You think there is some kind of conspiracy here? Makes me wonder.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:15 AM   #6
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Good grief. Come to Spain for a holiday and get it done while you're here. I had the same thing done and a very neat crown put in a few months later. Total cost around 300 euros. What with the flights, it wouldn't work out any cheaper, but at least you could have had a couple of holidays in Barcelona, for example, for the same price!
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:34 AM   #7
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Unfortunately the root canal is only the beginning. Then there is the crown to protect the tooth.
And false teeth may be cheaper, but it isn't as good as keeping what you have. Endodonty is a relatively new dental specialty which does enable you to keep your own teeth.
And sometimes, roots of teeth just die--and then you need to have them removed. As for cost, when I am having brain surgery, I like to have someone who knows what they are doing rooting (no pun intended!) around in there rather than say, a vet. I feel the same about my teeth.
One year I think I had 3!! The pain before the root canal was as bad as labor pain!!!
Yes, you can eat what you want with the temp.
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:19 AM   #8
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I just had a root canal done a couple of weeks ago, I had no pain from the procedure what so ever, and did not need a crown --woo hoo !
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:03 AM   #9
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Barb, are you sure you don't need a crown? They usually put them in a few months after the root has been removed. As a I understand it, after this kind of work, the tooth, especially if it's a back tooth, is more prone to shatter. Leaving you with a potentially more expensive problem than simply capping.

If you can bear the grisly pictures of dental work, people with problems, etc., have a look at:

Root_Canals

NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED OR PEOPLE WITH A FEAR OF DENTISTS
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Old 12-21-2006, 12:39 PM   #10
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I should be giving you people the cost of this whole procedure. I tell you, I hesitate to even bring some of the topics up I do, but when I do I sure get education! I love you all for sharing your knowledge w/me. The people who do the actual work are not interested in what you know. They just want to get it over so they can get paid. Isn't explaining part of the deal whenever you have to pay for something. I know not advertisment expense but taking the time to let one know about what to expect is truly valuable to the patient.

Candocook, thank you for assuring me about eating. My brother thinks the temp will fall out if I eat or brush my teeth. He said I should just wait till I get it fixed. Sure! I know he would want to find out what is acceptable too.
You think eating apple or pear okay then? Had so many hands in my mouth, at least I saw they had gloves on. Thank goodness. I still prefer not having any hands in my mouth except my own if I have to when I floss.

Snoop Puss, you sure know where to get your answers. I only check Google and Yahoo. Talk about limited. This is helpful to everyone. Thanks you for the time and information. No one going to tell you anything you don't already know. I like that.

Barb L was it tooth in the front or back like mine? One of the big ones.
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