I am new here and happy to have found this place! I am going to be getting an extraction on tooth #14. I had a root canal on this tooth 10 years ago and it always showed a little shadow on my x-ray but never gave me a problem, until recently. I have bruxism and grind my teeth and wear a nightguard. Well I started getting pain around the old root canal tooth so I went to my dentist. He did an x-ray and said it looked the same as it always did but he referred me to an endodontist to make sure it was ok. Well she said I need another root canal but I don't want to go that route so I saw an oral surgeon and set up an extraction. It is in 3 weeks and I am scared to death! the last extraction I got was my wisdom teeth 25 years ago. (I am 44). On the slip for my appointment it said surgical extraction so I was wondering what the difference is between a simple extraction and a surgical one? Do they cut my gum or something? Are root canaled teeth harder to remove? I am a panicked mess and scared to death! The tooth is not abscessed and I am freaking out thinking it will abscess before my appointment comes. I am just an emotional wreck!
Thank you so very much for listening and for being here!