Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had had root canal treatment? Did you end up having to remove the tooth anyway? Or did it cause any problems? I have a tooth that is giving me problems for over a year. It is a molar on the bottom jaw. I usually can't chew on one side of my mouth because of it as it is too painful. The tooth is not infected so it only hurts when I chew on it. The dentist is reluctant to remove the tooth as he said the filling in it was not deep and the tooth looks in ok condition. He can do removal, but it might cause movement and potential issues in the teeth around it. He said root canal might be an option. This is a big job and I would have to pay for it (hundreds of Euro) and might end up getting it out anyway. The dentist thinks some of the problems might have stemmed from me grinding my teeth at night, as the surface of this tooth is worn very flat. I have gotten a night-guard recently to try to stop damage from this. I've only worn this a few nights so far as I keep forgetting to put it in! Anyway I will have to leave it somewhere more obvious so I remember it. I think it might be too late though for the tooth that hurts me. I was at the dentist a few weeks ago and decided not to remove the tooth yet, but now I am beginning to change my mind as it is annoying me. I think I had gotten out of the habot of chewing on that side of my mouth so forgotten how painful it was when I did. He put de-sensitising agent on the tooth, which helped slightly, but I think I am back to how it was before that already. I wonder if root canal should be the way to go, but I have never had it and wonder if it is worth the effort and cost? I can normally get a non-adrenaline anaesthetic from this dentist so I am not overly concerned about the anaesthetic, though as this is a molar the procedure might be more difficult than it would be for other teeth. I had another tooth removed a few years ago, so I don't want to start a slippery slope of removing teeth, but at the same time it might have to be done. The other tooth had a deep filling, was inclined to get infected, and was a middle one so it was a bit different to remove that one as it was living on borrowed time anyway. Some people are dead-set against root canals as they think the tooth can end up harbouring infections. I don't know whether this is nonsense or not, or if it would apply to my case where the tooth doesn't appear to be infected to start off with. Anyway sorry for the essay. Thanks for any replies.