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To choose to have a tooth extracted rather than undergo a root canal?

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2kidsintow Thu 02-Jan-14 18:43:58

I have been to the dentists with a problematic molar today. Apparently the nerve is exposed and I needed to go back. Dentist said either for a root canal, or another option could be an extraction.

I'm opting for the extraction as the tooth continues to be a problem and has been filled several times and is mostly one big (ugly) silver filling when you look at it. I foresee the root canal as a v temporary thing.

I also am squeamish at the thought of the HOUR appointment that she said she needed to do it in. What a wimp.

MummysPuppet Thu 02-Jan-14 23:21:30

I was surprised too landrover as that's what I'd always believed though I've no idea for what reason since I am far too squeamish to actually read about these things until I have to.

That's how I read it anyway, but happy to be corrected as I may be taking it out of context since I had to read it with one eye closed.

MummysPuppet Thu 02-Jan-14 23:23:08

Harold You make a good point.

landrover Thu 02-Jan-14 23:25:00

It is certainly a difficult decision with molars, as they are definitely more difficult to treat, absolutely we should all try to keep hold of them, but if you have a mouthful of other perfect teeth then its worth considering the time, pain, inconvenience, cost etc without a guarantee xx

wobblyweebles Thu 02-Jan-14 23:25:05

My mum once said that root canal is worse.that child.Birth!!!

I didn't feel anything when they did my root canal. I felt it sting a wee bit when I gave birth.

landrover Thu 02-Jan-14 23:27:11

wobbly grin

landrover Thu 02-Jan-14 23:28:27

Mummy, you are right, that is what it says (it is Bupa though!!!!!!)

Hawkmoth Thu 02-Jan-14 23:28:41

I had a party when my root canal tooth cracked and had to be taken out. That bastard caused me five years of pain.

landrover Thu 02-Jan-14 23:33:42

Hawk, thats the end problem with root canal treated teeth is that they go brittle (but obviously that can take some time!) That is occasionally what happens when you have a front tooth with root canal then jacket crown, some time later the patient will arrive when their tooth has sheared off at the base, that is when they end up with a post crown. Obviously you try to keep these teeth as long as poss, but outcomes tend to be not quite as satisfactory with molars.

Lilacroses Thu 02-Jan-14 23:53:03

I had 2 root canal treatments last year. I was dreading them but aside from getting jaw ache from keeping my mouth open that long it was absolutely fine.

SinisterBuggyMonth Thu 02-Jan-14 23:56:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hawkmoth Fri 03-Jan-14 00:07:32

Yes I probably shouldn't be so negative. I am a strange case in that I have an extra nerve canal in my molars, which the dentist missed and was only found after a year and a half of agony and strong prescription drugs.

I'm sure that's not normal and root canals can be a good way of preserving teeth.

Hawkmoth Fri 03-Jan-14 00:08:00

Three children after that seems like a piss of piss.

Hawkmoth Fri 03-Jan-14 00:08:32

*piece of piss

I still find it upsetting!

BumgrapesofWrath Fri 03-Jan-14 00:14:29

Having had both, I'd say YANBU!!

MrsGrasshead Fri 03-Jan-14 00:17:49

Well yes I've been faced with the dilemma three times. I regret the two extractions. Although a bit of an ordeal with the root filling, it wasnt as bad as I imagined, ive had it over ten years now and there's a limit to having teeth extracted. Work to save your teeth is my view.

WhatICallAUsername Fri 03-Jan-14 00:18:16

oh feck. Knew I shouldn't have clicked on this thread sad . Root canal and filling tomorrow. Woe is me

Beavie Fri 03-Jan-14 00:40:51

Yep have it out. Long story but I had 3 teeth removed in a year in 2012, including 2 wisdom teeth, and have no viable gaps. It was straightforward and quick, and didn't hurt at all when my dentist did it. Healed up quickly and I was good as new.

Beavie Fri 03-Jan-14 00:41:35

* visible lol

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