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OK, Triple root canal or extraction? Dentist says its up to me.
I am truly petrified of dentists, but have bravely managed to cope with an appointment at the NHS emergency clinic and an appointment with a local dentist to follow it up.
Apparently I have two choices, have the tooth removed or have a route canal done on all 3 roots of the tooth.
I am at a loss to know what to do really. On the one hand, once the tooth is gone, its gone and that's an end to it. On the other, just the thought of the dentist yanking my tooth out makes me feel sick and fills me with horror, but then again the idea of a root canal is just as scary.
Any advice, gratefully received.
(Oh, by the way, I have an exemption card at the moment so wouldn't have to pay for either treatment.)
depends where the tooth is in your mouth. If it's near the back and it's absence won't show much when smiling, I would say extraction. The root canal will only last about 10 years and then you'll end up having it out anyway.
I am phobic about dentists and usually have to have diazepam the night before and on the day itself.
Last year I had root canal on all four roots (yes, four) of a tooth and it wasn't that bad at all, much better experience than other fillings I have had. I was dosed up on diazepam and stuffed full of anaesthetic and the guy who did it was very gentle and took his time which gave me great confidence. Also, because the nerve is dead there isn't that pulsing nerve fear that you get otherwise.
I think it is better to try to save the tooth if possible, an extraction leaves the teeth on either side vulnerable to gum recession and bridgework is a pain to clean properly and so on.
consider the root canal - i have had two triples done and they're fine. it sounds worse than it is. like you, i would have happily had an extraction on one of them. it was at the back so not really visible, and also i was pregnant and in horrific pain but unable to take decent painkillers.
i was advised by two emergency dentists that it would need removal and that's what i wanted too. however, the dentist who eventually treated me saved it and did all my other teeth at the same time and i feel like a new woman. really. i will never have dentist fear again. i love having ok teeth!
Gosh, sorry I was absent, I wasn't expecting such quick replies. Thank you all for your responses.
The tooth is the second molar from the back (excluding my wisdom teeth iyswim) so the gap wouldn't really show.
The dentist said an extraction shouldn't be problematic in that location, but it varies from person to person and you won't know until the tooth is gone whether or not you are going to have problems.
The tooth itself contained a huge filling. A quarter of the tooth and half the filling broke off and fell out a few weeks ago and I currently have a temporary dressing (and a toothache). Its broken to just about gum level, but the dentist said it would be no problem to save the tooth.
I have been considering the root canal, which really surprises me considering how terrified I am. I have been told by a couple of people that the whole process is completely painless these days as things have moved on a long way in dentistry since I was tortured treated as a child.
If I had it removed, do they does yank it out or do they sort of loosen it and work it out gently. I can't stand the idea of them heaving on my tooth with all their might. (A friend recently had his tooth removed under sedation and woke up early to find the dentist with his knee in his chest trying to lever it out! )
I'd go for root canal, as others have said, it really isn't as bad as you expect, its not painful, just takes a long time. Personally I wold rather hang on to a tooth as long as possible, even if that is "only" for ten more years.
I had a double root canal last week on a similar tooth. My reasoning is you can't see it but it's damn useful for chewing!! I've always been terrified of dentists and cried on my way into this appointment. but it was great, pain free and I made sure I kept myself topped up with paractamol (still BF) and no pain aferwards, best thing I've done. gonna have to have a crown to stop the rest of my tooth breaking up (similar to yours) but I've no NHS so it's going on the visa.. Good luck
Moosemama, I'd go for the root canal treatment over extraction. Seconding what sleepwhenidie said, keep your tooth for as long as poss even if it's 'only' for another decade!
I have awfully weak teeth so have had quite a few RCTs. You'll be given plenty of anaesthetic, and although root canals can take a little longer than your average appointment, you won't be in any pain.
Keep your tooth now and save the extraction for later in life!
Its sounding more and more like I should go for the root canal.
KnackeredofLeeds, I am still bf as well and was wondering about the pain relief side of things. Its good to hear that you only needed paracetamol to cope. I struggled with just paracetamol to help with the original infection, but now I have post infection toothache, its painful, but I wouldn't say its agony.
I have another appointment on Thursday. He said it would probably need two half-hour appointments to do a root canal, 1 to drill out and temporarily pack the tooth then another a week later to check all the infection and swelling has gone and put the final filling in. Does that sound about right to those of you who have had it done?
I've had a root canal, and they aren't that bad surprisingly, it's just that you will eventually lose the tooth anyway. I wish I'd had it out and had a crown but I don't have an NHS dentist and I can't afford it.
I had the same tooth extracted 16 months ago. It was filled and crumbled away to about 30% of tooth. I was given the option of root canal or extraction, which I'm glad I chose. Also a far cheaper option!
another vote for root canal here, I had it done earlier this year and i am very pleased with the results, very glad to avoid a gap (also it wasn't really painful, just uncomfortable keeping mouth open for a long time.).
I think I am going to go for the root canal. Most people seem to think it will be painless (although uncomfortable) and the general consensus is that its always better to try and keep a tooth for as long as you possibly can.
Had the first half of my root canal done this afternoon.
It wasn't too bad. Had to be injected a few extra times as anaesthetics never work very effectively for me and another part of my tooth broke off during the drilling, but in the end it was fine and the dentist said they can still save the tooth.
I have to go back in a fortnight to have the temporary filling replaced with a permanent one and then will need to go again a month later to have a crown fitted.
According to the dentist, the hard part is over now and the next couple of visits will be much easier.
(I still have a completely numb face, jaw, tongue and lips despite having the injections done at 2.10 pm.)