Q. My dentist suggested extraction or root canal treatment for my broken tooth. Is this necessary?

Answered by
Dr. Ummah Mohammad
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 27, 2020

A small piece of my tooth broke off 2 weeks ago and I feel pain since 1 week. Pain is getting worse. I went to a dentist today and he took a xray. After looking at the xray for 30sec he said there are only 2 options: root canal treatment or extraction. Is this really necessary? What is your opionion. Thank you soo much! It is the tooth in the middle of the xray.

# Dear Patient
-I saw your attachment and understand your concern.
-The thing is when a part of tooth breaks of you are generally left with these 2 options only so yes your dentist is right.
-If it would have been a small portion broken off i.e not reaching pulp then it was possible to go for core buildup only without root canal but in your case pulp is very near,, taking risk may put you in future pain and more complicated processes.
-So I would advise you to better save it and go for root canal treatment because it is one of your important tooth and otherwise strong so why to waste the whole of it by extraction.
-I hope I am clear to you.
-Rest the choice is yours.
-Do revert back for more queries.
-Stay safe.

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