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Root Canal vs Tooth Extraction - Which One Should You Choose?

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
3D rendered cross-section view of a tooth and its roots.When faced with dental issues, such as a severely damaged or infected tooth, deciding between a root canal and tooth extraction can be challenging. Both procedures have their advantages and considerations. Here is the information that will make you choose the right one:

When To Go For Root Canal

A root canal may be the preferred option in certain situations. For instance, if you have a loose tooth due to infection or injury, a root canal can help stabilize the tooth.

The procedure involves removing the infected or damaged pulp from the tooth's root canal system, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then filling and sealing it. By preserving the natural tooth structure, a root canal can prevent the need for extraction.

Also, a root canal can be an effective solution if you have a cracked or chipped tooth that is still salvageable. The damaged tooth is treated by removing and restoring the affected pulp with a dental crown or filling.

Pain in a tooth when eating can also be a reason to consider a root canal. Persistent pain may indicate an infection or inflammation in the tooth's pulp.

The infected pulp is removed by performing a root canal, and the pain is relieved. This allows you to continue using the natural tooth for biting and chewing.

Furthermore, if you have swollen gums around a tooth, it may be a sign of infection or an abscess. A root canal can address the underlying cause by removing the infected pulp and draining the abscess. This helps alleviate gum swelling and prevents the infection from spreading.

When To Go For Tooth Extraction

Extraction may be recommended if a tooth is severely damaged, decayed, or fractured beyond repair. This could include cases where the tooth roots are extensively damaged or if the tooth poses a risk of infection to adjacent teeth.

In such situations, extraction eliminates the irreparable tooth, allowing for appropriate dental restoration or replacement options. Also, after an accident or dental trauma that causes significant damage to a tooth, extraction may be necessary if the tooth cannot be effectively restored through other dental procedures. This could involve fractures that extend below the gum line or traumatic tooth displacement. Visit our office today to know whether the best option is to extract or get a root canal.

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