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HK
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Hey guys (: i had dental xrays taken a few weeks ago at a clinic which showed 6 cavities and 1 possibly two needed root canals. I have an appointment with a very good dentist later on but still need your advice ! This is terrible.

So theres good and bad news. Ive finally been accepted by the state for insurance woohoo... but coverage doesn't begin until 11/1 and i need something done now as im in a lot of pain on the one side where the root canal(s) are needed. Beside i doubt the state covers non poisonous fillings so the money for all this work will prob be coming out of my pocket anyway. And either way i can't afford to have it all done at once. Hmmmm

Ill see what he says, but what would you do? I was thinking of getting the tooth that is turning into a root canal filled first. Wouldn't that be best?

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Congrats on getting the insurance .. does it pay for any dental work at all?

Personally, I would NOT do a root canal. I dread the day I have to make that decision .. to pull another tooth!!

Root canals can make you very sick and it may not be apparent until years later as that dead tooth begins to poison your body.

Do your research on this one.

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If your mouth tissue is not too sensitive, you might put some good grade clove oil on a cotton ball and set it on the aching part to help relieve some pain. I would not do this if your mouth tissue is irritating or burns.

Regarding amalgam fillings, you might be able to pay the upgrade to composite fillings but not all dentists are trained in how to do composite fillings as it's more complicated.

Find the lists of dentists on your plan near you and then figure out which ones even do composite fillings and start making inquiries.

Ask at your local lyme support group, too, for names.
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Keebler
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Epinephrine is in many anesthetics (not sure about anesthesia, though). Some discussion on why epinephrine (EPI) can be a rough ride for someone with lyme (especially if they have adrenal issues):

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/120035

EPI & medical / dental procedures
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Sometimes there is no other choice than root canal (unless you want to pull it).

I guess nature has the answer: a dead tooth usually rots and falls, in nature. That's what nature does.

But nice dentists try to 'save' them, and clean them, and make them presentable (only aesthetically), but in fact, they are already dead, and each dead tooth may slowly kill you, with the passing of the years...

silent infection can develop there, and you just feel nothing, as the tooth is dead anyway.

If you let a dead tooth in, they rot, anyway, and that is also bad.

If money is a concern, deal with these bad dead teeth before cavities.
Cavities are whole body infection too (streptococcus mutans), so you can still heal them with other means, than dentists (in my opinion).


But a dead tooth, anyway, you need a dentist to get it pulled out, cleaned, and that he builds you a partial or whatever you want to have.

I pulled 7 teeth out, some with root canals, some just died from inside out. Now I'm waiting for a permanent removable partial...

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