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Would you have a root canal for your very back upper molar?
I had the wisdom tooth that was behind it removed last year with no pain at all but since then have been getting a bad taste and smell from the area. I thought it was just the healing process (HUGE hole!) but dentist has said the remaining tooth in decayed. He has said he can try a root canal but can't guarantee it will work, or I can have it out. I have made the RCT appt for Thursday but I'm wobbling.
The tooth is more filling than tooth already tbh and it is right at the back so can't be seen but it does had an opposing tooth so is used to eat. It doesn't hurt at all.
I've had root canals before with no bother but dh helpfully told me he had one on the same tooth and it was awful (helpful!)
Not worried about the price and am more than happy with my dentist so no concerns there. I just don't know if it is worth it.
I had a similar situation with my very back lower molar.
Dentist tried filling it but there was infection underneath so the option was root canal or extraction. I am a wuss and picked extraction. I was in the chair for ages as the tooth broke when she tried to extract it. She struggled to get all of it and couldn't get the root. (Difficult angle).
Continued to hurt for weeks and weeks resulting in more trips to the dentist, loads of painkillers and eventually an emergency trip to the dental hospital where they removed the root in about 20 seconds.
I'm thinking the RCT might have been more successful.
25y ago I had a RCT on the tooth in front if the one you describe, which was also 'more filling than tooth'. The RCT has held up, never needed anything doing to it. The first filling after the RCT was white, and lasted 2y. The 2nd was amalgam, and lasted 20y. Eventually that filling failed, and now I have a crown on that tooth.
So IME a RCT on a chewing, heavily filled molar is worthwhile.
I had this done about 15 years ago, when the treatment was available on the NHS. It was fine, although time-consuming, as each of the three roots had to be done at separate appointments. Definitely try to keep it, if possible, as you never know what will happen to your other teeth in the future. And implants are bloody expensive!!!
I'd go for the root canal. I'm sure I've had it done on that tooth and the worst part for me was keeping my mouth open so wide for so long.as root canals go, it was no different to any of the (many) others I've had. Good luck!
We are very very fortunate here in that we have an absolutely brilliant NHS dentist. I think they do training and the head honcho (my dentist) is fantastic and we never have any problems getting appointments.. In fact I phomed on Saturday afternoon because a (different!) filling had fallen out and was in the chair at 9am yesterday. It is fantastic.
I've had several root canals over the last 4 years, as has DH.
DP has had lots of root canals and crowns and says that tooth is no worse than any of the others (except as a PP says, holding your mouth open for that long - he had a clicky jaw for ages after some of his molar work).
If price is not a problem I would have it done. You will def need a crown though because the RC tooth will be fragile. I had a RC and crown on my second-to-back molar (i.e. could have had it out without any cosmetic effect) on the basis that it's better to save a tooth if you can because in the future there will probably be some you can't. The RC did not hurt at all - the nerve was totally dead. Apparently when RC is nasty it's usually because the root is still alive/partially alive and infected, so that may have been what your DH had.
I had an NHS RCT done last year and today i suffered through the prep work for getting a crown in 2 weeks time. It was on a next-to-back upper molar and if the abscess had persisted any longer (3 re-occurances, so 4 times in all) i would have had the tooth pulled. i have found the whole thing incredibly stressful, but i am also dental phobic, so everything regarding the dentist is incredibly stressful.