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June 3, 2008 3:26 PM Subscribe
Should I keep fighting, or pull this tooth out?
posted by vodkaboots to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been having problems for some time now with one of my teeth. Four years ago I had a root canal, fine. Three years later, I'm getting x-rays and the dentist is shocked to see how infected the tooth has become (I never felt a thing). I had to have this other type of root canal where they drill upwards into the tooth from your gums, which is about as fun as it sounds, followed up with a new crown. 6 months later I had follow-up x-rays and the dentist told me it was looking good. Fast forward 2 months to last week when I was again getting x-rays (new dentist, this time for orthodontics), and the dentist tells me the tooth still looks like it might be infected. We're giving it a few more months to see if anything changes.
If it turns out that there are still problems, I really just want to pull it out, for many reasons, starting with how insanely painful the last root canal was, coupled with my diminishing trust in anyone to be able to fix this. And in terms of cost, if I had pulled the tooth out at the first sign of trouble it would have cost me 100$, but instead I have now spent in the area of 4,000$ on this one tooth with the prospect of more to come.
But, everyone I talk to tells me this is a bad idea. I'm 27 and have been told that I'm "too young to start pulling out teeth". A dentist has also told me that pulling out a tooth compromises the adjacent teeth, creating problems down the road.
So I turn to you, Mefites: is saving your natural teeth as important as people say? Have you ever pulled a tooth and come to regret it? Is it actually that stupid to pull out a tooth when perhaps it could have been saved?
side notes: it's the second tooth from the back, not visible when I speak. I can't go back to the dentists that did the previous procedures because I live in a different country now.