This is probably hard to grasp now but I would get the root canal. Back in
the 70s I got almost $8,000.00 worth of root canals and caps/crowns (damn
near every tooth I had). I have never had to go back to a dentist, so I
think it wound up being cheaper that way.
Root canal. 3rd option is an implant although that is about the price of 4
or 5 root canals. I do not know of any dentist that will not work out a
payment plan. My dentist does not even charge interest. Fortunately all he
sees me for is routine cleanings twice a year.
On 14 Jan 2005 07:06:19 -0800, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Save up and get the root canal or, if you have to, get it on *gasp*
credit. I think that in the end, you will be far happier having the
tooth then wearing a flipper (removable partial denture), and I have
no doubt a rct and crown is less than a 3 unit bridge or dental
implant will cost if you want a fixed solution in the future.
Semi-informed Dental Consumer ?
Extraction - single root - ~$150
- multi root - ~ $225
Root Canal - single root - ~$700
- multi root - ~$925
Crown - single root tooth - ~$800
- multi root tooth - ~$1000
Titanium Implant (no crown)~$2000 (if you go cheap now and
fill in later)
Nitrous Oxide ~$ 20
If you want to have absolutely no
memory of the hacking and hewing
as for Halcyon (an amnesia drug)
and have someone drive you to
the dontist (not dentist but dontist
as in endodontist - they're the ones
who work INSIDE the tooth. There's
also prostheodontists - they do the
above the gum line stuff like crowns
and periodontists - they do everything
below the gum but outside the tooth)
Between these three, I've probably
paid for a low end Mercedes.
Seriously - I'd go root canal because
it allows more future options when
you start making and selling ART
pieces (see Gary/Garry Knox Bennett?)
and have sufficient funds to make
really ugly stuff out of nice expensive
On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 03:59:39 -0500, the inscrutable Silvan
I got really luck in that department. I had only 3 wisdom teeth and
none had much in the way of roots. I was in and out of his office
in under an hour. He sat me down, hit me with 3 injections of novopain
(which hurt much more than anything else), ran the nitrous for about
5 minutes, let me sit for 15 minutes, and came in with a chisel
scraper. Scrape, scrape, twist, pop! First one in under a minute.
Rinse, repeat x2. He then had me sit an extra 20 minutes whilst I bled
into dowel-shaped cottons and instructed me to avoid sucking or
blowing my food (?) which would cause a dry socket. He wrote a
prescription for Darvocet and I was off. Of course, back then I was
into that sort of thing so I went back the next day and had him fill
out a stronger prescription. I partied for a couple weeks on those.
(No, I don't miss that lifestyle at all.)
Mother Dearest reminded me of her stint with the oral surgeon. He had
her hold the stainless steel bowl while he worked with a hammer and
chisel on all 4 impacted root systems for several hours. It's still
the scariest dental horror story I've ever heard.
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That does sound like a horror story. I remember when my sister had her
wisdom teeth out. One side of her cheek became infected right through the
cheek from the inside to the outside. Definitely a painful experience.
I followed all the instructions to the letter, and got a dry socket anyway.
Holy shit that hurts.
Glad you got away from it. I know entirely too many people who have
completely destroyed or entirely lost their lives over that kind of shit.
Two dead, two in a ceaseless cycle of rehab that never seems to work, three
in prison, one on the run from the law. I'm just thankful I never got
sucked into that particular black hole. Glad you didn't either, but you
got too damn close for comfort.
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On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 02:38:30 -0500, the inscrutable Silvan
Hey, we had the same friends way back when. It'll be 20 years on July
8th. (Yes, I survived that last 4th of July by the skin of my teeth.)
Ditto here, and it was a miracle how things happened to let me sober
up. I watched smoking friends die from lung cancer and druggie friends
die from drugs/alcohol/stupidity. But I'm sober so it's Happy Days for
me! I "lose" fewer things since none of those old friends are around
the house any more. Imagine that.
Nothing is certain, so you should be aware that even if you
have a root canal, you may still lose the tooth. Also
root canal and crown go together, so you either have a crown
and now need a root canal or you need a root canal and will
immediately or eventually need a crown to maintain the
tooth. Don't know where you live but where I live a root
canal and crown will relieve you of about $1500.
However, pulling it will certainly lose the tooth. Then you
will need an appliance (bridge or whatever) which is
expensive and a poor substitute for a tooth. If you lose
the tooth you can go the peg in the jaw to hold and
artificial tooth. That is a good alternative to an
appliance but expensive $3-4000.
Stop by the shop, I have an almost new Dremal I've been wanting to try out
on some detail work.
If that fails we'll fix you up a nice epoxy coated wooden tooth to replace
We also offer your choice of anesthetic- makers mark, tequila,vodka etc. We
also offer the discount version- large wooden mallet.
( sorry just could not help myself)
Good luck with your dental work- wishing you well.
When I was in school, I let a tooth go, not even a front tooth, it was
a couiple spaces back. A big smile would show the gap. I didn't give
it much thought. After school, second job, had good dental insurance,
so I started doing a lot of stuff. Ended up replacing the missing
tooth with a bridge. Still have that bridge.
Funny thing is, when I got the new teeth, I found I had made myself
smile crooked to hide that hole. I really was not aware of it, I
didn't think it mattered. But some part of me was compensating. With
the new tooth in there, people noticed I had a nice smile. Commented
on it, even.
Fix the tooth. Now if it was in the back.....
I have run into only one bad dentist in Indy. On 62nd Street, across
On Fri, 14 Jan 2005 10:46:34 -0500, Joel M. Eichen
That's a blanket statement if I ever heard one! My ex had a root canal,
the results of which were that he was in so much pain that he was
screaming that evening. This was a man that didn't even complain about
headaches, etc., yet the root canal about did him in. It's the only time
in the 25 years we were married that I ever heard him complain about pain.
Kinda shows it depends on the individual, the dental professional, the
tooth, and the circumstances surrounding that particular tooth. Ya think?
You may not know that it isn't a good idea to get one front tooth capped.
It is often impossible to get the second one to match so you get them both
done at once. Tell the dentist where you are with $$$, have the root canal
and the final hole filled like a filling. If he can't do that get a second
opinion from a root canal specialist - they do exist. He may be able to do
it if a regular dentist can't.
Once you have the tooth pulled you are pretty much comitted to the gap or
later comitted to a bridge which is okay but not nearly as natural feeling
as the real tooth with a root canal.
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