Hi, I just recently found out that I'll need to either get a root canal done on my #14 Molar tooth (third molar back on left side). I don't have insurance so that procedure is going to cost me $775 out of pocket. I can pay it for the most part. But I'm concerned about the tooth not fully taking to the root canal. And the $775 only covers the Root Canal, not the cap. I'll need to go back to get my cap done at my dentist. So I was just wondering if it would be best to get the Root Canal done or get the tooth extracted? I'm only 21, so I don't want to go the rest of my life without the molar tooth (which is the side I chew on more).
Get the root canal done and definitely put a "cap" on it. Its ideal to try to keep your teeth for as long as you can. As for the risk of the root canal, I can't say what the percentage of success will be in your particular case but if you found a good dentist, hopefully everything will turn out great and it'll last you quite a long time although probably not a lifetime. I would say optimally it may last 30-40 years.
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