Extraction vs. Root Canal — Which Is Preferable

Your general dentistry team at Keep Smiling Dental in Beavercreek, OH, is prepared to answer all your questions about the pros and cons of a root canal or extraction of a specific tooth.

If you experience pain, we consider the various causes of infection that may point to the need for a root canal or an extraction. The goal, of course, is to reduce your discomfort and find the best possible solution to support oral health.


What Is a Root Canal?

In general, a root canal is a relatively straightforward way to clean and disinfect any infection in the pulpy interior of a tooth. The pulp is the soft interior of the tooth that carries the blood vessels and nerves. It can become infected if there is a chip or crack in the enamel, if a faulty crown has been installed, or from repeated dental procedures on the tooth.

If you experience pain in a specific tooth, the best way to save the tooth, treat the infection, eliminate your pain, and rule out the need to fill a gaping hole in your gum is likely to be a root canal.

Once the canal is cleaned and any infected tissue is removed, the canal will be refilled and sealed. Today, the procedure is relatively simple and painless, and you will be able to eat and chew normally in no time.


If Extraction Is Recommended

Depending on the variables of your case, we might recommend extracting the tooth as a better option. In cases when an existing tooth is severely compromised or if nearby teeth also show signs of decay or damage, it might be the best option to restore oral health.

However, extraction typically requires filling the space with a tooth implant or dental bridge to prevent other teeth from shifting and to restore normal chewing function.

However, extraction is always a more time-consuming and more expensive procedure. Extraction and succeeding repair work will require several appointments.


Let’s Discuss Your Options

If you’d like more information about crowns and bridges, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our professional team. As a family dental practice with an emphasis on restorative dentistry, we always have your best interests in mind.

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