U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Health and Wellness > Dental Health
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 09-09-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: NY
9,130 posts, read 16,631,512 times
Reputation: 11662

Advertisements

I have a wisdom tooth with an abscessed nerve, which needs to be extracted or treated through a root canal.

Conventional wisdom generally says to pull a wisdom tooth. It is not needed, and may have hidden nerve canals which the root canal may not detect or clear out, which could lead to problems after a crown is put on.

In my case, my dentist feels my wisdom tooth could be saved, and has encouraged me to consider a root canal, despite the fact that he is unsure the canal would have a great chance at success. Seems he is asking me to take a big financial risk in doing the root canal, instead of electing to have the tooth pulled.

Anyone here know more about the odds of a root canal on a wisdom tooth? Is this even worth considering? My gut feeling is to go for extraction, and suffer thruogh the recovery! (Plus I do not have any dental insurance, so root canal and crown will be massively expensive for me!).
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-09-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Tigard, Oregon
863 posts, read 2,741,159 times
Reputation: 672
What is the real benefit of keeping the Wisdom tooth and having the expense if you really don't need it? If it were ANY other tooth it might make sense. I'd lean towards NOT having the root canal.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-09-2011, 03:32 PM
 
1,933 posts, read 3,420,946 times
Reputation: 1942
Wisdom tooth experience here.....

Have the wisdom tooth pulled.

I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth. The first two bottom ones cause me a great deal of pain with infections and hemopaligic migraines. The day they were removed I felt so much better. The second two were equally as bad and had them both removed five years later.

My husband had a partial impacted wisdom tooth that needed a root canal. It became infected so bad he could not open his mouth. The doctor felt extraction not a root canal would be best. He never had a problem since the extraction.

I am not a dentist nor do I pretend to play one on CD but if I were you I would seek the second opinion of an oral maxifacial surgeon and get them extracted. This is not a regular molar that would be worth saving.

ETA You wrote of the financial gain he would get for the root canal. It seems this dentist is more concerned lining his pockets than your well being.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-09-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
2,190 posts, read 6,271,377 times
Reputation: 2053
That seems absolutely crazy to me.
There is no reason that i know of to save the wisdom teeth.
And root canals are costly, often painful and not always successful and many feel that they can greatly compromise health.

Root Canal Dangers - Weston A Price Foundation

Having a tooth or teeth extracted is not fun but a good oral surgeon (it's not just about yanking the tooth out) can accomplish the job relatively easily and without causing you too much pain.
A few days of down time and a little pain medication and you'll be done with it and will not have to worry about the issue any more.
At the very least, get a second opinion although i wouldn't even bother doing that.
I'd simply find a different dentist to care for your teeth and who can give you a recommendation for a good oral surgeon.
I'm very surprised that any dentist would recommend performing a root canal on a wisdom tooth!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-09-2011, 03:36 PM
 
1,933 posts, read 3,420,946 times
Reputation: 1942
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaijai View Post
That seems absolutely crazy to me.
There is no reason that i know of to save the wisdom teeth.
And root canals are costly, often painful and not always successful and many feel that they can greatly compromise health.
Root Canal Dangers - Weston A Price Foundation
Having a tooth or teeth extracted is not fun but a good oral surgeon (it's not just about yanking the tooth out) can accomplish the job relatively easily and without causing you too much pain.
A few days of down time and a little pain medication and you'll be done with it and will not have to worry about the issue any more.
At the very least, get a second opinion.
I'm very surprised that any dentist would recommend performing a root canal on a wisdom tooth!
Completely agree with this!

To perform a root canal on a wisdom tooth seems that dentist rather make big bucks than care about patient.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-10-2011, 01:49 AM
 
24,497 posts, read 37,505,783 times
Reputation: 12879
Get an opinion from a dental school clinic. They aren't in it for the money. Then get the procedure done by your dentist.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-12-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
5,801 posts, read 5,827,383 times
Reputation: 3119
I second that; depending on where you live, there might be a major university with a dental clinic which will save you serious $$$$ on this procedure or any other dental procedure.

At the dental clinics here in LA at both UCLA & USC, students do the work (at USC they have to be in their third year of dental school in order to do procedures0, but there are tons of dentists around to supervise.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-12-2011, 03:01 PM
 
Location: NY
9,130 posts, read 16,631,512 times
Reputation: 11662
Thanks for the opinions! I appreciate it! I have been leaning towards getting it pulled since it just does not seem to be a tooth worth saving. Especially since saving it brings it's own complications and is not guaranteed!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-12-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
11,141 posts, read 7,926,146 times
Reputation: 6297
Save your self some money and pull it
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-12-2011, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
2,190 posts, read 6,271,377 times
Reputation: 2053
Quote:
Originally Posted by Checkered24 View Post
Thanks for the opinions! I appreciate it! I have been leaning towards getting it pulled since it just does not seem to be a tooth worth saving. Especially since saving it brings it's own complications and is not guaranteed!
I think that it's good that you're leaning toward having the tooth extracted.
If you get to the point where you're leaning toward having a root canal on that tooth the please, get a second opinion!!!
Recommending and then doing a root canal on a wisdom tooth seems close to being unethical.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Health and Wellness > Dental Health
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top