I am 28 years old. About 6 months ago, my top right molar all the way in the back next to where my Wisdom Teeth used to be, broke and now there is a huge gaping hole there. Within the hole, the exposed part has turned black and decayed, while the rest of the tooth shows the left over filling that was previously within the tooth. Just over the past month, this molar has gotten extremely painful and infected. I've gone to my dentist and obtained antibiotics to get rid of the infection and now have a root canal scheduled for November 20th. That alone costs $440.00 out of my pocket, not to mention what a cap will cost on top of that, which I haven't even gotten a quote for yet. And you can't have a root canal without a cap.
A friend of mine approached me with the idea this past weekend of why can I just pull the tooth and be done with it? It is already partly gone and decayed anyway. Not to mention she said a root canal never feels quite right even after you spend all that money to have one. So I called my dentist today to see if I could do that instead, and they told me that they really don't want to pull it as the tooth that is now below it will not have anything to press against while I eat and therefore may eventually grow upward. (Not sure how this works given I thought my teeth were already grown in and what not.) But having the tooth pulled is only $75 - $190.00 out of my pocket. So it is definitely more cost effective! I need advice on what I should do here.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.