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2nd opinion - Root Canal No longer Needed?

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leahnicole

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I had a dental visit a week ago for upper teeth (teeth 2-4) sensitivity (I grind and clinch). I was having a dull achey feeling in my gums just on one side when I’d eat & drink certain foods. It was intermittent and manageable pain. Ibuprofen worked well. Tooth 5 was the tooth she tested. Tooth 4 needs fillings, There is no abscess and never has been. Dentist did pulp test and X-ray and said I needed a root canal? I didn’t respond to cold sensitivity so she assumed the root was dead? X-ray showed a curved root but she never explained her reasoning for me needing a root canal. She never returned to the room after X-ray? Anyway fast forward to yesterday >> I went back to the dentist yesterday and saw a different dentist in the practice. This visit was for another tooth on the bottom that started hurting (tooth 30) plus ear and jaw pain. Turns out this tooth #30 is a cavity and tooth 2 is a cracked filling that needs a crown? She ordered a bunch of X-rays and did more tests and after further review she said I do not need a root canal. She didn’t think it was necessary. She gave me antibiotics for possible sinus or ear infection.. So now I have a whole new treatment plan.

Why the difference in opinion. I told her my symptoms are intermittent and I thought it might just be from clinching. I’m not a dentist so I don’t know what is causing the achey feeling on my top right teeth? Could it be stress too? I’m so worried about this.
 
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krlovesherkids777

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If it were me, i'd probably go for dentist #2's opinion, that seems more cautious and reasonable..just my opinion.. totally hear you though its interesting the varying opinions.
 
carole

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Hi as a dentist once said on here if you ask 6 dentists their opinion you will get 6 different answers. Go figure, I do think the 2nd dentist sounds better than the first. They seemed to spend more time investigating. I would go with dentist number 2 if it were me but it is your choice.

All the best to you and good luck
 
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