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Root Canal or Extraction #2 tooth
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Root Canal or Extraction #2 tooth

My #2 tooth broke a while back.  I went to the dentist who said I need a root canal, post and crown OR I can have the tooth pulled.  He said the problem with pulling the tooth is that the tooth above it would grow and weaken and I would probably have to have it pulled in a few years.  

I am confused by which procedure to choose.  Obviously the extraction is much less expensive and it would not affect my smile.  But I also don't want to do something that might cause later problems.  
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I always prefer if at all possible, to save a tooth and not extract.  There are times when pulling the tooth may be a better solution and possibly more conservative than trying to heroically save a tooth.  If your dentist thinks the tooth can be salvaged for a reasonable length of time, I would do the root canal.  You could always get a second opinion.
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