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Root canal needed, should I ask to be referred to endo?

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Nicci

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Needless to say I'm absolutely terrified, I was at the consultation re the RCT & I fear I didn't ask the right questions.


I've got concerns;

As I look at a tooth numbering diagram on Google it's tooth 12 I believe. I've since read upper molars are harder to do!??


The dentist (whom I've never met before) looked at my x-ray and exclaimed at how long my roots were - apparently "MIL roots were 50% longer so I didn't do her RCT and referred her on". I had zero idea re root lengths or the lengths at which an endo is required, but somehow its now added an extra level of fear.. Presumably either he's not equipped or qualified for anything too long.

After the CT scan (that was extremely grainy and not at all clear) he says he's glad he looked as my roots go from 2-1 and he mightve hit a block and not known why.. I could barely make it out. Are these types of roots a problem normally?

He also tells me that after the RCT when I bite down I might still feel pain, I can't remember what he said the tooth might push on, bone (???), it appeared the tooth was hanging over a line!? But he said to try and live with it if that happens as it will require a surgical procedure to remove the root otherwise.. which also sounds horrendous. It's made me debate if it's just easier to pull it, rather than go through it all with the possibility of something even more invasive & costly later?

Should I be worried about any of this^

He seemed happy enough to say he'll do it, yet at the same time didn't fill me with confidence. He tells me a specialist is more money (and better CT scanners are more money) but I just want this done right - it's my first time and I'm terrified.
 
As I look at a tooth numbering diagram on Google it's tooth 12 I believe. I've since read upper molars are harder to do!??
They have more canals which are finer normally, so yes, they can be more tricky.
The dentist (whom I've never met before) looked at my x-ray and exclaimed at how long my roots were - apparently "MIL roots were 50% longer so I didn't do her RCT and referred her on". I had zero idea re root lengths or the lengths at which an endo is required, but somehow its now added an extra level of fear.. Presumably either he's not equipped or qualified for anything too long.
Sounds like BS to me, he shouldn't be mentioning somebody else's clinical treatment to you anyway, even your MIL!

After the CT scan (that was extremely grainy and not at all clear) he says he's glad he looked as my roots go from 2-1 and he mightve hit a block and not known why.. I could barely make it out. Are these types of roots a problem normally?
It sounds like there are 2 canals which fuse together into 1. Yeah they can be a bit tricky to get cleared out.

If I were having a root canal done, I'd want somebody with a microscope doing it, the presence or absence of a CT scanner isn't a big deal... so does the original guy have a microscope? Does the endo specialist have one?
 
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