I am 20 years old, uninsured and I need a root canal on a molar. What are the pros and cons of a root canal vs. extraction?
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ROOT CANAL VS EXTRACTON
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Root canal vs. extraction
Pros and Cons of Root Canal Therapy
1. Preserve the tooth in your mouth
2. Maintain the space and position of your teeth in your mouth.
3. Keep the integrity of the sourronding periodontal bone that will be lost if you get an extraction due to the loss of bone stimulation over the mastication process.
Disadvantages of an extraction:
To replace the missing tooth you will need a bridge.
A bridge needs to prepare the adjacent teeth to anchor the bridge.
Even having a bridge your occlusion bite relation will be lost in most cases.
bone loss on extraction site.
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I am 20 years old, uninsured and I need a root canal on a molar. What are the pros and cons of a root canal vs. extractio
If the tooth is significantly weak, and not a good candidate for crown even after the root canal, then extraction may be the alternative treatment you might want to consider.
It sounds like you are having financial issues, so be aware that an extraction and fixed bridge or extraction,implant,abutment and crown will both cost much more than the root canal and crown.
Yes, of course you could have the tooth extracted and utilize a nesbitt partial until you're ready for the implant. It's your mouth, the choices are yours. I advise following the recommendations of your dentist. He is the best one to evaluate your problem and unique situation and best direct you in the best way to address your problems.
By the way, don't hold your breath about dental insurance. Even those who still have it are finding that their benefits are decreasing almost yearly. Oftentimes they won't cover implant treatments or fixed bridges unless the tooth is extracted while on their dental plan. Another reason why trying to save the tooth with root canal and crown may be the best way for you.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.