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HI ExpertDentist, My dentist is planing...
HI ExpertDentist,
My dentist is planing to extract my tooth since he could not find the roots to do a root
canal work. A second dentist took xray, and also said "this tooth needs root canal".
I would like to save my tooth and hope some dentist with the right microscope may find
the "invisibal roots" to do the work.
what shall I do?
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Dentist: Mark Bornfeld, DDS, Dentist replied 8 years ago
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Dear JACUSTOMER-yy0lj0ke,

Unless the dentist to whom you refer is a specialist, you owe it to yourself to consult with an endodontist. Members of this specialty are far more qualified to locate and treat these hard-to-find canals than the average general dentist.

In my practice, I will refer my patients to an endodontic specialist without hesitation if I believe that there is a chance that root canal therapy might be feasible. Not only will salvage of the tooth provide a more expedient and less expensive treatment path than extraction followed by prosthetic replacement, but it will often provide a superior result.

Your dentist can provide you with a referral to an endodontist, or you may consult the online directory of the American Association of Endodontists.

Hope this helps...
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