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A 35-year-old member asked:

Curious as to how much will it hurt to get a tooth pulled out or a root canal?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
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 experienced while determining the level of anesthesia. Once numb, most feel nothing with rct, but pressure with extraction.
Dr. George Hanna
Dentistry 17 years experience
Very little: with enough anesthesia, root canal and extraction should not hurt. just a little if anything, which is always possible.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

When is it smarter to get a root canal or to get the tooth pulled instead?

6 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry 37 years experience
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 other options probably need to be looked at. If the tooth must be extracted, usually the best way of replacing the tooth would be with an implant. There are various criteria that must be met for this, but your dentist or specialist can advise you.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Again we get back to the concept that everyone's different. What works for your neighbor may not be right for you. Dr. Calvert is correct, discuss your unique situate with your Dentist for the best advice.
Feb 24, 2014
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
Endodontics 31 years experience
The operative word in in my response is "if". None of the dentists, specialists, experts on this panel (including me) can give a definitive answer to this question w/out examining the pt, radiographs, & taking each pt's needs, & wants first. However, 'IF' it is possible to save a tooth, then that is the best option. Important thing is to understand that it is a complex question.
Feb 24, 2014
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