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I have recently had root canal on my front tooth went back today to get it filled the debtist filled the tooth took an x-ray but had not filled it to the end of the root. so they started again to fill it took another x-ray got a bit further along the root but still not to the end. So they say i have to come back for another appointment to try and fill the rest of the root but if they cant would refer me to a private dentist costing £700. So my question is, is this normal? and what are my options if dont want to pay £700?

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Asked on 22/10/2012 12:00 am
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It may not be possible for your dentist to reach the end of the tooth with her instruments. This can be for a variety of reasons, and some times it simply may not be possible. However if you want to make sure that there is no nerve left inside the tooth you should go to have a specialist do the work. Other wise you will have to accept that despite her best efforts she was only able to clean out and fill the root to that point. This may not make a difference in the long run.

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Answered on 02/11/2012 12:00 am
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You don't say if the tooth is upper or lower as lower front teeth often have fine and multiple root canals which can be difficult to negotiate and seal effectively

However most dentists should be able to provide a good quality root filling on a front tooth and even if it is not filled perfectly to the apex of the root the treatment can be a success especially if the top of the tooth is well sealed to prevent infection getting back into the root

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Dear Darren
It looks like your dentist is trying their best. Please remember that it can cost up to 300 pounds an hour to keep a top well equipped dental facility going.i would welcome protocols for when  treatment is deemed experimentation and when it should be immediately referred. Complicated root canals treatments are always a problem and time consuming but equally we deserve the right to budget and prioritise our own treatments with the right education and guidance from our paid professionals.

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Answered on 30/10/2012 12:00 am