Root Canal Saga

The day of the root canal, Eduardo was in quite a bit of pain.  It seems that the tooth that hurts him the most is actually the tooth NEXT to the one that the root canal was done on.  This tooth has an incomplete root canal done on it.  I gather he told Virginia(a dentist) a few weeks ago when he first started talking about the pain that it was actually the tooth with the incomplete root canal that was hurting him the most.  I wasn’t there, I don’t know. 
 
When John (a dentist) started the work on Eduardo’s tooth, he said that it was possible that both teeth were causing the problem and we might discover that he will also need to get the root canal fixed on the other tooth.   Eduardo believes that John did the wrong tooth because the other tooth is the one that is hurting him and hurts today more than it did before the root canal.  He is very upset with John.  I was hoping that the other tooth was simply feeling referral pain which is what Virginia is wondering too.  The root canal needed to be done; so in that sense this was not a total loss.  In the sense that Eduardo would like relief from his pain…. this was not the right decision.  A regular dentist can not fix a root canal.  It is recommended that this procedure is done by a endodontist because it is a complicated procedure. Virginia is telling Eduardo(through me) to wait for a week before making any decisions because his mouth needs to heal.  Eduardo wants to do something right away because a) it hurts more and b) his cheek is swelling up and he is concerned that if there is an infection, it is spreading.
 
I don’t know what to do.  I don’t have a lot of experience with what the results of dental work should look like.  John and Virginia have been my dentists for like 8 or 9 years and they are also personal friends.  I trust them to do the right thing.  Obviously, Eduardo doesn’t really know them and doesn’t trust them.  As a result, he is quite upset with them.  Today, I am going to try to get an appt with an endodontist.  Either way, I suppose it doesn’t matter.  Both John and Virginia expressed concern that this root canal was incomplete and was going to cause him problems later on.  Regardless of which tooth is bothering him, the work needed to be done on both of them.  If it makes him happy to get the other tooth done now?  I am all for doing it now.
 
The only hitch to all the dental work that Eduardo needs (he has MANY cavities too) is that there is a limit per year of how much insurance will cover.  Hopefully, it will cover the stuff that can’t be put off.  He has at least the root canal correction and another major cavity that could turn into a root canal if it is not fixed immediately.
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One response to “Root Canal Saga

  1. Just do a little at a time….I have tons of work done and am really neurotic about what happens to me at the dentist. So go slow with him so that he continues to go back.
     
    Hang in there!

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