Hi, I just went to a new dentist last week, and got the very bad news that the tooth adjacent to the molar I came to the dentist about had a cavity. This tooth is a molar also (#19), and when she took the crown off (been there since '96) and started drilling, she said the tooth is "very bad" and that I should get it replaced with an implant. Aside from the cost, I said I really wanted to keep the tooth, and she agreed to wait 6 weeks while I did herbs (BC&F, etc.) etc. to try to help the tooth. The problem is though that she said the cavity was "almost to the bone" (I believe it's under the gum tissue) and that she only got rid of 90% of the decay (leaving an old composite filling there). I asked how she would be able to tell if the tooth could survive more than 2 years (her prediction) if I didn't get the implant. She said it depended on the inflammation that is still there in 6 weeks, when I see her again. Right now there's a temp crown there.
So I'm motivated to do whatever I can to help the tooth. Of course I will do oil pulling, no question (which I do about 5 times a week anyway). Does anyone know if this will help get rid of inflammation -- we're talking about a dead, root-canaled tooth and related gum tissue that I'm trying to get looking good enough to moderate the inflammation.
Can a root canaled tooth remineralize, with either oil pulling or BC&F or Barefoot's tooth powder -- or can the decay that's "close to the bone" disappear with any of these methods, fomentation included? I trust that this would work well with a live tooth -- just don't know about a dead one, or if there's anything I can do to keep this tooth.
Thank you so much for any help you could give.