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What hurts more a root canal or having a tooth pulled

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: I am guessing that you have pain of dental root origin and your dentist suggests a root canal versus removal of the tooth. If the tooth is in bad s ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience Dentistry
Scale of one to ten?: Extraction: 2-5 with anesthetic. Root canal treatment: 0-5. If tooth not infected, i'd guess the low end of the range. If infected, all the pain is ex ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
The smartest: Thing to do is to discuss your options with your local, treating dentist. Which tooth is it? What condition are your other teeth in? What's your long ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Calvert
35 years experience Dentistry
Non-restorable: If a tooth is decayed or damaged to the point that it is not restorable with a functional crown that has a high level prognosis for many years, then o ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Unlikely but: Sometimes I have looked at teeth in the x-ray and found an abscess. It is like a sleeping dog and can come back to "bite" you with a swollen face or ... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
The same as a normal: extraction. Sometimes a root canal treated tooth is harder to extract. Since the blood supply has been gone from the tooth, the tooth tends to get mor ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Yes: On the same side of your face.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willam Lau
9 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes and no: If the root canal was done, one would not feel pain until the abscess extends into the surrounding tissue and bone.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zhiqiang Huang
12 years experience Dentistry
Very likely: Pain after filling could be cause by many factors such as high occlusion (bite is high), post-op sensitivity, open margin (cavity is not sealed). How ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kong
Dr. John Kong answered
17 years experience Dentistry
If you're numbed, no: If you're numbed, no.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Front tooth: If the nerve is infected, your only alternatives are a root canal or an extraction. Laser treatment is done in conjunction with root canal treatment.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
What to do?: Unfortunately we cannot evaluate whether or not the tooth can be saved or should be extracted. Nor can we properly discuss options, prognosis, treatme ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
No: Infected teeth hurt. The treatment (root canal) does not. See and endodontic specialist for care.
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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The : The answer is yes, but it is advisable to have the tooth replaced with a denture, bridge or dental implant soon after the extraction to prevent teeth ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Depends: It would depend on the condition of the rest of your mouth. I would suggest seeing a dentist who is willing to explain the advantages and disadvantag ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Abscessed front toot: Your front tooth can be treated with a root canal if there is enough tooth structure and bone support to properly restore the tooth. Extraction woul ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pooja Saroha
14 years experience Dentistry
Depends on the tooth: If the prognosis of the tooth is good and it will last you a while, get the rct done. Your dentist should be able to determine that with ease.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: The pain may also be coming from a periodontal problem. If this is the case, the tooth needs to be evaluated regarding bone support. Your bite may be ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Zweig
44 years experience Dentistry
Yes: It may be more detrimental to have an active infection while pregnant. Make sure you really want to get the tooth removed, and not treated to help yo ... Read More
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Have it examined: Could be that tooth, could be referred pain from the adjacent tooth... Hard to tell over the internet.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Methven
19 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: Infections in the mouth can get rather smelly. If your root canal was started and not finished you may still have a bit of an odor coming from your t ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Warner
11 years experience Endodontics
It would be : Yes it can hurt a little, especially if it causes inflammation of the supporting tissues. It can also hurt by causing inflammation in the tooth nerve. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
53 years experience Dentistry
Depends: Neither should hurt when the procedure is being done. The area should be completely numb. A filled tooth is sometimes a little sensitive after being f ... Read More

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