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What hurts more a root canal or having a tooth pulled?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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 Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Neither
Both procedures are relatively painless as long as there is complete local anesthesia.
Even after the procedures either one can have minimal discomfort.

In brief: 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. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
I agree to above as I had both done on me.
Dr. Richard Stiles
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Richard Stiles
Dr. Richard Stiles
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