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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 53 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
17 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 &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 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 29 years experience
I agree to above as I had both done on me.
Oct 14, 2012

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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
A 44-year-old member asked:

Should i pull my tooth or get a root canal?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pooja Saroha
A Verified Doctoranswered
Dentistry 16 years experience
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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Would my tooth hurt after a root canal?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kara Rosenthal-Fraiman
Endodontics 32 years experience
Not Always: Each tooth is different. Some patient have slight soreness for the first few days after rct. But nothing that Motrin can't help.
Last updated Mar 15, 2014
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