Wisdom tooth. Filling vs extraction.
I have (what feels like) a large hole in my lower right hand wisdom tooth. Went to visit my dentist yesterday who has taken Xrays and had a look at it and now have an appointment to go back in a few weeks to do something about it. He said that I have two options, either fill it or extract it but he indicated a preference for extraction. I'm not entirely sure myself and he won't give a solid recommendation until he has a complete view of the damage to my tooth.
To be honest I'm not sure which way to go as the descision lies with me. If I decide to get it filled it may still decay and have to have it extracted under more difficult circumstances later. At the same time the idea of bone being shaved from my jaw and the possibility of nerve damage doesn't fill me with confidence either. I also have the option of a local or general aneasthetic if I opt to have the tooth out. Is it painful at all during the procedure if you are awake? (I know afterwards it won't be pleasent but I'm concerned with during).
It should be noted that all of my wisdom teeth have come through fine and cause me no trouble except for the one that has decayed.