#15 upper molar, root canal vs extraction
I had a crown put on this tooth (old filling was cracked, no pain) a few months ago, it's been bothering me ever since, a dull ache...getting worse lately. Pain waking me up at night.
So, I went back to the dentist, he couldn't find anything wrong, so they referred me to a "root canal specialist" who after more xrays and much poking and prodding told me I need a root canal or extraction pronto, I have lousy insurance so it would cost me close to $1000.
First of all, I don't like this dentist and the office was cold and creepy.
He already told me I would only need motrin or asa afterwards, in other words no pain meds!
I usually try to save my teeth, but I am leaning toward extraction, I can barely see this tooth even with a small mirror...there is a bridge in good condition under where the missing tooth would be. I am of a mature age and have never had a root canal.
Any thoughts? Any dentists out there?
PS: First I'm going to wait and see if it just goes away, the pain/discomfort is not constant, but the other problem is drs won't prescribe pain meds anymore even if you REALLY need them. I've heard horror stories about root canals and chronic pain.
In the meantime I'll do some research.