root canal work- arguements for and against

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After a tooth infection,  I have to decide whether to have root canal or take tooth out. Don't really want to take tooth out, but have to decide one or the other. Thanks in advance. Denise x

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    Hi, after having a filling replaced with enamel for whatever reason I had nerve pain for almost 9 years. I had a root canal and still had pain. Saw several specialists but could figure out why the pain after 10 years of replacing filling. Finally had the tooth pulled , waited almost two years so it was completely healed and had a bridge put in. My advice, try and do anything and everything to save your tooth. 
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    If the infection is gone why do you need to remove or root canal?
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      Dentist said ex ray showed a shadowing. He prescrided aantibiotics for that and gum soreness and swelling. But I will ask him again if I have to have either. Thanks all!
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    I agree that it is worth trying to save the tooth. If you're left with a gap following extraction it can cause the neighbouring teeth to move and even loosen. Bridges are costly and can mean root canal work on the teeth used either side. 
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    I had to have my tooth pulled after attempting root treatment twice. The cost of root treatment is expensive and sore but I would try and save any tooth first. If it doesn't work then you can extract the tooth. This does depend on if you can afford it because root treatment can be expensive.

    An extraction isn't painless either. For me it was horrendous and the pain was still there a while after.

    good luck!

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    Totally agree about the neighbouring teeth, I had nothing there for almost two years and found my nose even shifted and am now talking to a sugeon about fixing a deviated septum that I did not have before but after not chewing on that side of my mouth for approx ten years everything shifted. My nose began draining very slowly and only on the left side. Try a splint, clear one so you can wear it all the time and give the tooth a chance to recover if there's discomfort.
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