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Dying tooth

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Posted by: 1stSaint  (8 years ago)
Hello there!

When I was 18 years old, I had a tooth filled. After a few months, the tooth ended up dying. I didn’t have it checked and left it like that for several months. When it started giving me problems, I went to the oral surgeon to have it pulled.

Two months later, I had another tooth filled and ended up dying again after a few months. The dentist told me I needed a root canal done. The root canal failed for some reason. A second root canal treatment was done two weeks ago and after it was filled, it hurts more than ever. The dentist filed the tooth down but it didn’t ease the pain.

Does anyone have any idea what’s wrong with my teeth? I am tired living in pain. Please help. Thanks.
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
Hello 1stSaint,

You must be very frustrated. There maybe different reasons as to why your teeth do not tolerate fillings and root canal treatments. My understanding is that every time we get decay and when that decay is drilled to be removed then filled no matter what both instances are traumatic for our teeth. In your case it may be that your teeth do not tolerate trauma well.
Since your second tooth had to be retreated that is additional trauma for your tooth and when the pulp is irritated it swells the only problem is that inside the root canal there is no room to swell thus you experience excruciating pain. Hopefully this time your pulp responds by healing instead of dying.
To avoid future caries try to modify your diet, use MI paste to prevent tooth demineralization, floss and opt for Fluoride containing mouthwash (such as Act Fluoride Mouthwash). Visit the dentist every 3-6 months and ask for fluoride application for your teeth., and finally chew Xylitol containing sugar free gum to stimulate saliva production to buffer mouth pH. I hope this helps. Lets try prevention instead of just treatment.
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Posted by: 1stSaint  (8 years ago)
Hello Ghnane,

Yes, I am indeed very depressed now about my teeth.:-(( My mom told me yesterday that I was put on a medication when I was a baby due to my allergy. The medication made my baby teeth black and brittle, they broke off easily. I was thinking that the medication may have affected my adult teeth as well leading me to these dental problems. Thank your for your suggestions.
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
The med ma have indeed played its role because with our baby teeth we have our permanent teeth developing just under them and whatever that med was must have disrupted the tooth formation and mineralization balance. It would be interesting to find out the exact name of the med and research some current literature on it and see if it is still used. There many teeth that have side-effects in the mouth and on teeth but physicians rarely mention those side-effects.
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Patient
Posted by: 1stSaint  (8 years ago)
My mom can't recall what med it was.:-( When I visited her yesterday and told her about my aching tooth, she then remembered the condition of my baby teeth before.
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Hello there!

When I was 18 years old, I had a tooth filled. After a few months, the tooth ended up dying. I didn’t have it checked and left it like that for several months. When it started giving me problems, I went to the oral surgeon to have it pulled.

Two months later, I had another tooth filled and ended up dying again after a few months. The dentist told me I needed a root canal done. The root canal failed for some reason. A second root canal treatment was done two weeks ago and after it was filled, it hurts more than ever. The dentist filed the tooth down but it didn’t ease the pain.

Does anyone have any idea what’s wrong with my teeth? I am tired living in pain. Please help. Thanks.


The deeper the cavity and the closer the filling is to the nerve, the more likely the nerve is to die. Also, for some reason, placing white resin fillings is more traumatic to the nerve of the teeth.

Nevertheless, the pulp of a tooth dying after doing a filling is a relatively uncommon event. Can't say why you have suffered the same thing twice, unless you waited until the cavity is very large before treating it.

The incidence of failure in well-done root canals is only about 6%, so that, too is an uncommon occurrance.

I guess what all this should tell you is that it is preventive therapy is more cost effective. Cavities will be detected when they are really small, and pulp deaths and root canals will be uncommon. Preventive recall visits save patients money in the long run.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 8 years ago
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