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I went to see my dentist a few weeks ago because of some discomfort I was having. He said he wasn’t surprised as I had a large abscess, took an X-ray and gave me a prescription. I went back to see him a couple of weeks later and he said the root(s) of the tooth were infected, and I had three options:
1. Have root canal treatment, which might or might not solve the problem;
2. Have the tooth extracted;
3. Leave it, and monitor the infection.
I’ve always been satisfied with my dentist, but do feel at times that he hurries through his patients, perhaps because he mainly deals with NHS. It worries me as he seemed to be suggesting I should just leave it unless it gets worse. I thought that root infection needed to be treated quickly? Any advice would be appreciated.

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Asked on 07/07/2012 12:00 am
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Your dentist has gone through a process with you called 'informed consent' He has explained your options and as it is your tooth then it has to be your decision as to how to proceed
Leaving infection is not ideal as it may cause symptoms and erode bone over time, but sometimes this is the option of choice for some patients

Having the tooth removed is a simple way to deal with the infection but you will need to decide if this tooth will need replacing and the various merits of the options of denture, bridge or implant if your decide to replace it

A root filling can give good results if the tooth can be restored well and I would always recommend trying this before condemning the tooth to the bin

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Answered on 10/07/2012 12:00 am
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Well it seems he offered you choices not a solution . ask him for a solution . Leaving an infection is not good for the tooth or the bone alike .

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