Molar infection, extraction or root canal?

E

Escarole

Junior member
Joined
Sep 17, 2021
Messages
5
Hi, I 'm having a hard time because I have an infection in the 16 molar. It has hurt a lot, 3 days of antibiotics and supposed to take it out or root canal. I wouldn't like to lose it but I'm so afraid of the root canal procedure that I'm thinking about telling de dentist to just take it out. But then I' m afraid of the other teeth moving and deteriorating. I just don't want to go through this anymore, and I think the extraction is better in terms of reinfections and post procedure pain.

I'm also afraid of the root canal procedure because I don't see myself capable of being with the mouth wide open for such a long time (1 hour??) because I sometimes have some jaw problems.I need to move it, open and close it, otherwise I have to go to the phisitherapist to fix all the pain around neck, jaw etc. I would like something quick and with no Risk of infection.

Another great fear is the possibility of sepsis through the root canal procedure, spreading or hiding the infection under the molar. I don't see the sedation as a option because with colonoscopy I didn't have a nice experience, because that medication os like It makes me sleepy but at the same time It doesn't allow me to sleep, It's like It makes me agitated at the same time. I don't know if there's another option for sedation.

Please I would like to hear some advice about all these fears
 
Gordon

Gordon

Administrator
Staff member
Verified dentist
Joined
Oct 25, 2005
Messages
7,280
Try reading some of the FAQs already here, then feel free to ask about anything you need clarified.
 
letsconnect

letsconnect

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 1, 2005
Messages
5,554
Hi, you may like these pages:



There is no risk of sepsis with either root canal treatment or extraction.

A bite block might help a little with the jaw problem and keeping your mouth open for a long time (@Gordon or anyone else - any other tips?).

If you’re concerned about reinfection, then getting a specialist endodontist to do the root canal treatment would give it the best chance of success (obviously, check their reputation and reviews as you would with any dentist).
 
L

LauraQ68

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 27, 2021
Messages
106
I also have some TMJ problems and was very worried about my jaw during my two root canals. I just asked for breaks so I could rest my jaw or open and close my mouth. The endodontist was very accommodating and I got through two root canals (on the same day!) without problems. Just let your dentist know what’s up and you will do fine.
 
E

Escarole

Junior member
Joined
Sep 17, 2021
Messages
5
I didn't know they let you rest and move your mouth.. Thank you!
 
E

Escarole

Junior member
Joined
Sep 17, 2021
Messages
5
Two root canals the same day? WoW! And how was your experience afterwards? A lot of pain?
 
L

LauraQ68

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 27, 2021
Messages
106
Yep! Luckily, they were both on the same side of my mouth. No pain afterwards, except where they placed one of the injections. I ended up with an abrasion that took about a week to heal.
 
E

Escarole

Junior member
Joined
Sep 17, 2021
Messages
5
Ok, thank you for answering
 
Top