Ok, I went to the dentist, they looked at the tooth and at the xray they took and said it "looks" like the decay is close to the nerve and IF they try to fill it they might hit the nerve in the process (but they wouldn't know if that will happen until they start to drill) and IF that does happen then... I would need root canal (and I said I would just rather have the tooth pulled if that ended up being the case) then I was like do I even want to invest if "trying" for the fillings(1st temporary for 4-6 weeks and if that is asymptomatic, then do a permanent filling) only to realize that in the drilling they expose the nerve and then that will have been for nothing. The dentist said that she could temporarily fill the tooth(no novacaine, just scrape out food and fill it) until I could decide what I want to do.....so that is what I did. She said if I decided to have it pulled she would send me to an oral surgeon. So right now all I have is this very temporary filling and I am waiting for the Metlife insurance to price out how much it will cost to do the filling (or to try the filling......and then if it doesn't work and it is costly why do it? I might just go straight to getting it pulled,because I don't want to go through all the cost of the fillings IF once they start to prepare for the filling (temporary one for 4-6 weeks and if there are no problems with that then permanent one), what do you think? and why would I need to go to an oral surgeon to get the tooth pulled (and will it cost MORE) why can't the dentist just pull it?