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Root Canal Failure | Dentures At Age 27

Updated on November 3, 2009

Did you know that root canals don't always work? My first root canal failed within two weeks of receiving it, which means that at 27 years of age, I'm looking at some kind of dentures. How awesome is that?

Fortunately, I am in a position to share this news with other people and save them not from a similar fate, but from funding their dentist's next home extension. Here's how you can save yourself a grand or more and avoid unnecessary root canals that can only end in disappointment.

Ask this, how large is the cavity under the tooth? If it is only little, then you're probably okay. If it is epically massive and the roots are going missing, don't even bother getting a root canal. I'm not a dentist and I don't give this advice as an expert, I'm just someone who paid for and sat through two root canal procedures just so that the tooth could be taken out and replaced with a plate for a few months before the replacement implant can be put in.

In my case, the damage was caused when I was a child and they still let kids play on playgrounds that could seriously mess you up if you didn't have your co-ordination down properly. Somehow I swung my face into a bar and chipped a tooth. It was capped and at the time it wasn't a big deal – or was it? Twenty years later, it turns out that slamming your face into a metal bar as a child is not good for your dental health. The sudden impact of tooth on bar had stunted root growth and the tooth had succumbed to the rigors of existence about 60 years before its time.

They say that if there is root damage to the teeth, or if there is a particularly large abscess, the chances of a root canal being successful go from the usual 90% figure all the way down to 20%. That's low, very low. You might be able to beat the odds, then again, you might just end up with an infection in a month or two.

Now before I end this, I will admit that there are other options to extraction, surgery to open the abscess and clean it out, for instance. Personally, I'm not overly inclined to undergo surgery for a dead tooth that has already proved itself most resistant to dental treatment. Sometimes a dead tooth is a dead tooth and you just have to make your peace with that.


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    • BeccaHubbardWoods profile image

      Becca Hubbard-Woods 8 years ago from Outside your window.

      Great read! My favorite part "it turns out that slamming your face into a metal bar as a child is not good for your dental health" had me laughing out loud. : )

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 8 years ago

      That not good news, thanks for posting maybe this bit of new will be helpful to others.