I'm in Sydney and have had 2 root canals on back molars. My dental specialist -Endodontist did each one in one sitting. Cost $2k each one. If u are going to do it privately definately go to a Endodontist. That's all they do and are proficient and expert. I have heard many bad stories about your regular dentist doing them. I then had to fork out for crowns of $2k each done by another dental specialist - prothodontist. If u going to spend the money it's best to get the professionals to do it.
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17-03-2012 09:15 #22Senior Member
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Look alot of "dentists" do just as good of a job as the specialists. You don't need to go to an endodontist or prothesdonitist to have things done. In the cities you usually do because there is enough work and little time and it easier. In country towns the dentists have no choice but to be experienced and successful at doing surgicals, endo, crowns, dentures etc.
I have worked along several specialists and several dentists. I have to say the best work I have seen is by a country dentist who was well experienced and trained in doing pretty much everything.
All dentists have to be able to do them successfully. It all depends on the certain dentist or specialist that you see.
You will also be (generally) paying less seeing a dentist then you will a specialist.
I have seen so many RC done and they really aren't that difficult. With the amount of technology most dentists use today it's rather simple enough to find canals, length, etc. Mind you it still costs alot because the materials used are very expensive.
It IS much better to keep a tooth then to loose one. The success rate of RC is much higher then failure (again varies with who does it) the dentist i refer too has a success rate of 99 out of 100. Thats pretty damn good. I sure as hell would spend the money on those stats.
In all my years of experience I have only seen about a handful of RC that were over time unsucessful.
We are talking about a dead tooth here. They are never going to be as good as a vital tooth however you should get years out of it functioning aswell as any other tooth.
If you need a crown on it you would need ones with posts (therefore more expensive)
If you also think dentures are the better option then I suggest asking the many people who wear them. They are uncomfortable, you get sore spots, they fall out, they are generally a pain in the bottom.
I am not saying that any pp here haven't chosen the right thing for themselves but from experience and knowledge YOUR tooth is much more important then NO tooth. The only time I would ever recommend someone to extract is if the tooth has died and the patient has gingivitis (gums have retracted and roots of tooth exposed) as in time the tooth will fall out anyway.
PLEASE don't think its just a tooth and extract it. Once you extract one your likely to extract another and before you know it your up for dentures. I can't stress to you that it's never worth while loosing a tooth. I know this because I have talked to thousands of patients who wish they hadn't, expecially when they are older.
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