Extraction or Root Treatment ? I was at the dentist tonight and had an extraction, the dentist wanted to perform root canal treatment on the offending tooth. After the lengthy decision that took 2 seconds to decide; as I have such a fear of the dentist it was a no brainer to spend 20 mins in the chair of pain to have the tooth removed as opposed to 4 trips at 30 mins each time to have the root killed. The first panic set in when the needle went into my gum one in the front and one in the back of the tooth. Once the tooth was numbed this is when the real fight began. It took the dentist 15 mins to extract the tooth, the assistant had to hold my head as she pulled and pushed at the tooth, it wasnt coming out easily being second from the back it had HUGE roots. SO the question is what choices have you had to make, the lesser of your two Evils ?