Should I ask for a root canal? (X-ray included)

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deepsun

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Had two fillings done in March, one of which ended up being larger. Since then that tooth with the larger filling has ached a few times and just started again yesterday after ditching a OTC night guard a few days ago and then eating some almonds, which caused some pain, possibly from clenching and grinding the couple days after not using the guard.

I went to my dentist and an endodontist back in April and had x-rays and tests done by each. Both of them determined I didn’t need a root canal. Also, they both recommended a night guard, with the endodontist saying he noticed evidence of grinding on the left where the filling is. I’ve had no luck finding a comfortable OTC guard after trying to see if I could avoid a $500 guard from my dentist that my insurance won’t cover.

Would it just ask for a root canal at this point? I’m sick of my tooth randomly aching, but I’m feeling very panicked about the possibility of a root canal. :cry:

I’m including a photo of an x-ray done by the endodontist back in April.

Thanks.
 

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Not a dentist so I can’t advise on the root canal, but I used the OTC nightguards for a long time before finally breaking down and paying for an expensive one at the dentist. It is definitely worth it to get one made. I know it is super expensive (mine was $600) but it saves a lot of misery down the road. Grinding can cause cracked teeth, which is what happened to me.
 
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Deepsun,

Sorry to hear your teeth are acting up again. That is hard.. Sounds like you have to consider a few options. I hope they give you clear answers and you can get a peace what to go ahead with at a price that is affordable.. Hope the tooth can calm down for you soon! :grouphug:
 
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That's a very lightly filled tooth, if you get a root canal done on it you'll be destroying a lot of healthy tooth tissue for little gain. It doesn't look like a very difficult root canal job but there's no guarantee it'll be successful...

Can't see your maths working out, surely 500-600 for a proper mouthguard is going to be cheaper than a root canal plus a crown on the tooth?
 
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That's a very lightly filled tooth, if you get a root canal done on it you'll be destroying a lot of healthy tooth tissue for little gain. It doesn't look like a very difficult root canal job but there's no guarantee it'll be successful...

Can't see your maths working out, surely 500-600 for a proper mouthguard is going to be cheaper than a root canal plus a crown on the tooth?

Thanks for your insight. I can see what you’re saying. I’m just tired of it causing me pain. I’m not convinced the pain is from grinding… kind of worried it could be headed towards infection. I haven’t had an x-ray since April so I have no idea its status. I’m just very nervous.
 
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