Hi I found this forum after searching the web due to anxiety about the dentist telling me I need root canal work.
I had a crown fitted to my very back upper tooth 18 months ago, not due to pain but because the back of the tooth had worn down an filling wouldnt stick to it so everytime I ate food got stuck in between my teeth causing my gum to become sore. The dentist didnt do any root canal work as she said it wasnt needed.
Over the Xmas period my crown came away and the tooth was sensitive as you would expect but just for a second when I drank hot or cold drinks, I went to the dentist an she said that there was some decay on the tooth (I was not amused as no one had explained that you can still get tooth decay under a crown and I had paid £300 for a white crown) she took an xray and said that I had slight infection on the root and would need root canal treatment or an extraction and worse apparently I have extremely curved roots which will make both procedures difficult
The thing that I am having problems accepting is that I have had no pain at all, it doesnt hurt to cheq food or bite down on it, I dont have any swelling and now I have had a temporary filling I have no sensitivity, when she tapped the tooth really hard there was no pain or any form of discomfort and I have no probelms cleaning the tooth so I am wondering why I cant have a filling, antibiotics for the slight infection and then a new crown fitted especially as I have read that treating curved roots is likely to end up with an extraction anyway
Any advice would be greatly appreciated - thank you