This is long. I cracked tooth #3 about three years ago. I had one root canal that failed twice and vowed I was never having another--terrible pain for days when the root canal failed. My initial thought was to have the tooth pulled, but since getting a crown was only $100 more and since the dentist said he thought that was all I needed, I went with the crown. The thing has been sensitive since but hasn't really hurt. Earlier this week I thought I had a terrible sinus headache for three days, but now I notice that this tooth is sore when I bite on it, so I decided it was time to get it pulled. Called the dentist my dentist refers to for extractions. Found out that since I take Actonel I'd have to go to the doctor and have a C-telopeptide test which costs $190 and is not covered by insurance. If the level is not at least 150 I can't have the tooth pulled because my jaw might not heal due to the Actonel. Monday I'm going to my husband's dentist. I went to him one time (didn't go back 'cause he is not patient and scares me) and he suggested making a new crown because this one does not fit under the gum line and possibly sending me out for a root canal depending on what he sees when he takes off the old crown. Dh swears this guy is a great dentist despite his manner, so I hope I'm doing the right thing. Anybody else take Actonel or something similar? I had a bone density scan and my hip bones were really thin, but I'm wondering if this stuff is safe to take.