same tooth needs treatment again (root canal done twice)
One of my back molars (tooth #36) is a problem child. I had root canal done on that tooth a number of years ago and 7 years ago, my dentist referred to me to an endodontist as it looked like an infection in that area.
The endodontist re-did the root canal which my insurance covered, thankfully. Three years after that was done, I went to see the same endodontist as I was concerned and he said that area may never fully heal but as long as I'm not in pain, then there's no point in doing anything.
Fast forward another four years and there's a definite issue in that area again. My dentist couldn't make a proper diagnosis and said I'd need to see the same specialist.
It looks like an infection of some kind (I'm not in any pain, thank goodness) and I may need an apicoectomy. (this is my own educated guess from googling and I could be very wrong)
The endodontist mentioned this as an option when I last saw him if I wanted to go that route but declined as I didn't have any issues then.
Needless to say, I'm not at all pleased about this, especially as I don't think my insurance plan will cover this.
Anyone else experienced this? Of course, there's no guarantee that I won't have further problems with this one. I'm guessing an apicoectomy is the last stop before extracting the tooth.