In such situations, I'm afraid we are all at the mercy of the same limitations in terms of success. That being said, I've been struggling with a bone infection for years and all I've managed to do(to date) with Antibiotics , was either hold off the inevitable or slow things down.
On the issue of Cipro and the likes, I could call only categorize these types of treatments as buying time in my own case. To which I'd add, I've been very fortunate(if one can say such a thing) to have escaped some of the horrors and effects associated with long term with these particular treatments.
Having said all that, if I had to start all over again, I'd most certainly take a completely different approach to treating my condition. That is to say that I'd attack the issue from all sides so as to maximize blood flow and promote healing rather than waist my time with such things as Antibiotics and pain killers. Though I'd also mention that we always knew that we were dealing with a bone infection which is unlikely healed through conventional treatments. That being said, here is the path I'd take if I had to start over: Cold laser therapy, magnetic pulser, blood zaper, ozone therapy, Miracle-Mineral-Supplement or CDS, and /or Colloidal Silver and a sodium bicarbonate protocol. And the reason I'd resort to such overkill is based on the fact that my particular condition turned-out to be highly time sensitive. IOW. the longer it was allowed to exist, the more difficult to proved to treat.
Having said all that, the biggest issue with bone infections and treatments today is where many practioners are completely oblivious to the condition. Which is not limited to; dentists, dental surgeons and various other specialists.
As for Antibiotics , I'd give Colloidal Silver a serious look before committing to exposing myself to further risk and effects. I'd then place Miracle-Mineral-Supplement and/or CDS in close second to this. Though I also think it's important to know that both treatments require a measure of prevention in the process such as probiotics and electrolyte supplementation and in the case of Miracle-Mineral-Supplement or CDS, a good understanding of the risks associated with use such as: mucus membrane, electrolytic imbalance and secondary effects that may have on other parts of the body.
In closing, I'd add that there are no hard fast rules in the realm of self diagnosis and treatment. Then again... as you are well aware of, there are risks associated with treatments from either side of the fence(see: Cipro). And so this isn't a black and white issue either I'm afraid.
Hope this helps.
PS. if you feel this post draws on fear it is because it should. the repercussions of a root canal gone bad can mean life or death. - don't make the same mistakes I did and not give it the attention it deserves.