Please tell me if I should get my tooth extracted instead of a root canal?

Usually not. If the tooth does not have any other issues it is better most of the time to keep tooth. It's not so simple when you have multiple issues however ( decay below gumline, periodontal disease, and the number and condition of the rest of the teeth in your mouth). A history of root canal failure in other teeth in your mouth in the past is also consideration as well as unresolved decay control.
Root canal. If the tooth can be saved by having a root canal, i recommend having the root canal. If you remove the tooth, then you need to have either an implant, bridge or partial to replace the tooth.
Value desision. As dentist we want to preserve dental health and function which means keeping teeth when we can. If this is a functional tooth i would always recommend preserving the function. Otherwise teeth can drift, create bite interferences which can lead to overloading and break down of other teeth. The answer lies in your core values regarding your health.

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What to do if I could either get a root canal or my tooth extracted. What do you think I should get and why?

Do RCT or EXT ? No dentist can\should make that determination for you over the internet without personally examining you, seeing x-rays of the area & discussing pros\cons as well as prognosis of each. Having said that, in most cases with proper Endodontic and Restorative treatment, & everything else being equal, it would be better to try to salvage the tooth rather than removing it. Can always EXT if RCT fails. Read more...
RCT vs Extraction? An educated dental patient should look logically and practically at the advantages and disadvantages of each service before determining which procedure he will choose. After consultation with your dentist comparing the basics it is easy to decide whether an extraction or root canal best for your needs. Read more...

I have an abcessed root canaled molar. My doctor says that I should get a root canal done again or get the tooth extracted. But root canal is expensive. What should I do?

Save it. If it can be saved do it again. Try to get insurance. If prognosis is not good have it extracted. Read more...
Weigh your options. Root canals are pricey, and you can expect to pay even more for a retreatment. It is important to look at your situation carefully to determine the chance of success with the re-do. Success with a retreatment is largely determined by how the root canal was done the first time. I would recommend a consultation with an endodontist that uses a microscope. He or she can give an opinion. Read more...
Consultation . You should evaluate your options carefully, since taking the tooth out would open up replacement option , wether by an implant or a fixed bridge, both are pricey too and may cost more than the retreatment of the root canal, so your best bet is to have a consultation with a specialist ( endodontist) to evaluate the chances of that retreatment success versus taking the tooth out and replacing it. Read more...
Root canal again. While many factors go into deciding whether a tooth is salvageable, I am assuming it is, saving a tooth is always better than extracting it. No man-made implant can duplicate what you already have. If you average out the cost of root canals over the life of the tooth, you are spending only pennies a day. Talk to an endodontist regarding payment plan if you needed help. Many offer carecredits. Read more...
Long term prognosis? This is a common situation. We can only give you general guidelines. First, get an opinion from the most respected dentist you know. If the rct was done poorly and you are in the hands of an endodontist, consider a retreatment. The integrity of the tooth is also key. If highly broken down, i would be more inclined to extract the tooth, assuming good bone support for implant retained crown. Read more...
Save the tooth. It will cost you more to replace it if it is extracted. You need your molars for chewing.. lose even one, and you put more stress on your remaining teeth. Save it if possible. Read more...
Alternative to RCT. If a tooth can be saved with a good prognosis, the root canal is the treatment of choice. However, if money is the object, at that point, the healthiest option or alternative is to extract the tooth and replace it with the implant at a later date. Read more...

Just got a root-canal tooth extracted due to a fracture (which led to a severe infection). When is the soonest I can get an implant in?

A few months. The bone needs to fill in the defect and the infection needs to clear up completely. This can take anywhere from three to six months, depending on the defect and infection. Read more...
2 to 3 months . Latest study showed that immediate implants may be at a higher risk of implant failure and complications than delayed implants. The study suggested 2 to 3 months of alveolar ridge remodeling following tooth extraction is an optimal time. It may be inconvenient to some patients, but the results are more predictable. Just remember, if the maintenance is good, dental implants can last a lifetime. . Read more...