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Can there be an alternative to root canal treatment?

8 doctors weighed in
3 doctors agree

In brief: Extraction!

If a tooth requires a root canal it most likely that decay or damage has involved the tooth's pulp.
Root canal will allow a tooth's hard tissue to be saved and restored, but one can always opt to have the effected tooth extracted to avoid future pain, suffering and potential bodily harm.

In brief: Extraction!

If a tooth requires a root canal it most likely that decay or damage has involved the tooth's pulp.
Root canal will allow a tooth's hard tissue to be saved and restored, but one can always opt to have the effected tooth extracted to avoid future pain, suffering and potential bodily harm.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Extraction

Usually, the only other option to having rct is having the tooth exracted.

In brief: Extraction

Usually, the only other option to having rct is having the tooth exracted.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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1 comment
Dr. R Lee Hinson
Agree! Also consider an implant to replace the tooth if removed. Or a bridge.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pulpectomy

Although extraction is an alternative to root canal treatment, it is a bad alternative if if occurs to a first molar. Replacement of a missing tooth is a lot more costly than a root canal.
To save money, i would try root canal and a filling and do the crown later when i can afford it. If that is still expensive, remove the tooth nerve (pulpectomy) and have couple years to save for root canal.

In brief: Pulpectomy

Although extraction is an alternative to root canal treatment, it is a bad alternative if if occurs to a first molar. Replacement of a missing tooth is a lot more costly than a root canal.
To save money, i would try root canal and a filling and do the crown later when i can afford it. If that is still expensive, remove the tooth nerve (pulpectomy) and have couple years to save for root canal.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui
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Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Removal

Extraction is the other option if the pulp is infected/damaged beyond recovery and root canal procedure is denied.

In brief: Removal

Extraction is the other option if the pulp is infected/damaged beyond recovery and root canal procedure is denied.
Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dr. R Lee Hinson
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