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I had root canal and core build up. When I lightly touch the tooth (when it does or does not have the temporary crown on) it hurts. Dentist or specialist? who did the root canal says pain may be from the root canal, took x-ray of tooth and nothing wrong with the tooth.

Is it time for me to extract the tooth and reverse the root canal?

What type of dentist do I need? Because I think the root canal I had is causing me to be sick and I want it taken out.

Is a partial denture best for front tooth?

Thanks a lot.

Dear Tom,

First, see your dentist to find out if the bite is high on the buildup.  It may be that all you need is for your dentist to adjust your tooth out of occlusion, so that your other teeth don't hit it when you clench your teeth.  If this does not solve the problem within a few days, you will want to see a root canal specialist to see if anything can be done to keep the tooth.  If not, you will want it removed.  If you must lose it, before you have it removed, have dentist make something to replace it before it is removed.  Exactly what this is will depend on you and your dentist deciding exactly what will work best for you:  A bridge, a partial, or a new tooth supported by an implanted root.

Let me know what you find out.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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