Are root canals worth the $$ in the long run?
I had my first root canal done 12 days ago. So far it's been nothing but painful & has caused me to miss almost 2 weeks of work.
After alot of research & consulting other dentists' websites I've found that the problems I'm having could cause me to lose the tooth anyways(have it extracted).
Now, I went into the dentist thinking I would get a filling or a consultation. After numbing & drilling he told me he HAD to do a root canal(what can you say or do at that point??).
I feel I was suckered into this whole thing since in the past this dentist has told me he'd rather "save" a tooth than pull it & I disagreed at that time.
What can you do when the tooth is allready drilled out though? I thought it wouldn't be too big of a deal. Well after all this, the tooth is still infected & very painful.
If I wind up with the tooth extracted by this dentist, I don't think I should have to pay him for it since he gave me no consult, no pros' & cons' & possible problems of this root canal thing(& you CAN tell from my other teeth they are all natural). Plus he's allready charged me over $600 for all this! At one point during the last week I begged him to pull it out(due to the pain) but he refused & finally called in a pain med(which I couldn't take anyways).
So...are these things worth the $$ in the long run in your opinion?? Do they last??