Hi rc1975, I am not a pro, but I can tell you, listen to your dentist and get the root canal. About 5 yrs ago, I needed to get 4 root canals for my molors, but because of money and being scared of root canals, I opted to do one of things I regret the most, and that was getting them all 4 PULLED. All that caused was space for my teeth to move around and it was down hill ever since. The best advice I can give someone is always keep your dentist appts., and never get your teeth pulled unless there is no other option. But with todays dentist they will do everything not to pull. I know I have already said this,but go for the root canal. I am only 43, and have to get dentures, due to getting teeth pulled when I could have done something else, and bone loss. So don't make the same mistake I did. Eventually I would have had to get dentures regardless due to my bone loss, but I could have possibly delayed it, if only I didn't get those teeth pulled. I hope this helps. but if not I am sure there are many great people on this board which I am sure you are well aware of. Perhaps someone else can give you some insight.