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A 46-year-old member asked:

what hurts more a root canal or having a tooth pulled?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
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 shape, extraction might be in order. But if the tooth can be saved (unless it is a wisdom tooth), then a root canal which can be done painlessly, will save your tooth which has significant benefits. Discuss with your dentist.
Dr. Richard Stiles
Dentistry 16 years experience
Both pain free : Both extractions in root canals can be pain free most of the time. Unfortunately, you only hear about the bad cases from friends and relatives. Most of the time, however, very little pain is involved. This, of course, varies from person to person and tooth to tooth.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Neither: Both procedures are relatively painless as long as there is complete local anesthesia. Even after the procedures either one can have minimal discomfort.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
I agree to above as I had both done on me.
Oct 14, 2012

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How do I care for my baby's new teeth?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Brush daily: Once your baby has teeth it is important to brush them daily. You don't need to use toothpaste, a washcloth will do. Also, never put your baby to bed with a bottle as this will cause tooth decay and cavities.
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Which teeth come in first?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Lower two front ones: Typically the front lower two teeth come in first, followed by the upper two front teeth. Then the ones on either side of the lower front ones, again followed by the ones on either side of the upper front ones. Teeth typically erupt in pairs, with the lower coming in before the upper.
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Why should I care for my baby's teeth?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Not all teeth...: ...Just the ones you don't want to rot and crumble. Even milk teeth can decay to the point of causing infections in the jaw and damage to permanent tooth buds.
Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 28 years experience
Baby teeth provide room for permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is badly decayed, the permanent tooth can come in with decay. This is known as Turner's tooth.
Aug 14, 2013
Dr. Leon F. Gerard
Dentistry 39 years experience
You only have to take care of the teeth you want to keep
Aug 16, 2013
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dr. Reena Gupta commented
Dentistry 19 years experience
baby teeth if decayed can cause problems with erruption of permanent,also decayed teeth can cause infections ands can affect the whole body if it starts forming abscesses..so should take care of baby teeth..also dont want baby to have pain!
Sep 23, 2013
A 37-year-old member asked:

What's a cheap fix for my yellow teeth?

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Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
Payment plan: Any otc system will proabably be a waste of money. A professionally made tray & system may be able to painlessly whiten your teeth, and many dentists offer payment plans to allow you to make small monthly payments & get the smile of your dreams..
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do you know when your wisdom teeth are growing into your moth?

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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
Can see sometimes: Your gums may get red, swollen and sore. You may be able to see a new tooth. The only way to know for sure is to see a dentist.

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