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Old 09-19-2019, 10:51 PM   #1
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Root canals

Has anyone else had one? I had a "half root canal" done on a back molar and right now they have it packed with a "temporary filling" until next week when they do the proper filling/sealing. Right now on day 2 my breath still smells like rancid antiseptic and all I can taste is burning rubber... any idea how much longer that lasts?
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:19 AM   #2
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I've had one, but it was quite a few years ago. Not sure what is meant by "half" though. My guess is it's probably just the temporary materials that you're tasting and likely normal (edit: and doubtful if they're intended to be pleasant), but there might be no harm in calling them up and checking with them before the weekend. Esp if an infection had been involved.
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:25 AM   #3
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Hey Andrew,

I know it's been a month, but how is the root canal work now? Hope no additional work was needed.
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:50 AM   #4
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Hey Andrew,

I know it's been a month, but how is the root canal work now? Hope no additional work was needed.
It's been terrible. It took them an extra trip... the first they only did half the root canal, the second time they completed the root canal but it took them way longer than it should have because they said I had a "ribbon root." The third time they gave it the "final filling," but they were supposed to have done this in visit #2.

Next is the crown, which will be another 2 visits. One to drill it down to a nub, the next to put it on. Meanwhile, the "final filling" is so close to the gumline it's like... seeping a metallic taste into my mouth. So I'm constantly salivating, which makes me constantly swallow... which is enflaming my throat and making me constantly gaggy. I'm told this will be better when the crown is in place and all of that.

So no, not good!
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:58 AM   #5
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It's been terrible. It took them an extra trip... the first they only did half the root canal, the second time they completed the root canal but it took them way longer than it should have because they said I had a "ribbon root." The third time they gave it the "final filling," but they were supposed to have done this in visit #2.

Next is the crown, which will be another 2 visits. One to drill it down to a nub, the next to put it on. Meanwhile, the "final filling" is so close to the gumline it's like... seeping a metallic taste into my mouth. So I'm constantly salivating, which makes me constantly swallow... which is enflaming my throat and making me constantly gaggy. I'm told this will be better when the crown is in place and all of that.

So no, not good!
Damn, not sure what a Ribbon root is but all sounds very messy.
I have only had two fillings, one of which ended up becoming root canal but it was done in 2 visits with no issues. This was about 10 years back, I am told that now they take away less tooth so crowns are supposed to be smaller.

Hope it settles down soon

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Old 11-01-2019, 06:31 PM   #6
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I have only had two fillings, one of which ended up becoming root canal but it was done in 2 visits with no issues. This was about 10 years back, I am told that now they take away less tooth so crowns are supposed to be smaller.
Really? I had a crown maybe 8 years ago and they grinded my tooth down to like just a peg. I was shocked how much perfectly good tooth they took.
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It's been terrible. It took them an extra trip... the first they only did half the root canal, the second time they completed the root canal but it took them way longer than it should have because they said I had a "ribbon root." The third time they gave it the "final filling," but they were supposed to have done this in visit #2.

Next is the crown, which will be another 2 visits. One to drill it down to a nub, the next to put it on. Meanwhile, the "final filling" is so close to the gumline it's like... seeping a metallic taste into my mouth. So I'm constantly salivating, which makes me constantly swallow... which is enflaming my throat and making me constantly gaggy. I'm told this will be better when the crown is in place and all of that.

So no, not good!
Sorry to hear about those developments. Did the dentist initially prepare you saying this much dental work was needed, or did he/she mention this after already doing the procedure? With today's precise medical imaging (i.e. X-rays) usually they can give a good estimation of just how complicated the whole procedure can be.

Of course there's some unpredictability since the procedure is taking place in the mouth (a haven environment for germs) and not fully knowing until they go into the tooth, but still from what you initially posted versus what you updated with, seems like the dentist encountered a big, unexpected complication.

Hope things get better on from here on out.
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