Dentists perform root canal therapy and tooth extractions to aid patients with infected, or otherwise damaged teeth. Each treatment differs in its approach, though both aim to relieve a patient from pain and further dental decay.
In most cases, your dental professional will recommend root canal therapy, rather than an extraction, as loss of the tooth can often be avoided with this effective treatment option. During a root canal, a dental professional will remove the bacteria that has accumulated in the tooth’s roots, along with the remaining pulp, fill it with a biocompatible material, and cap it with a crown to fully protect the treated tooth.
Why Dental Professionals Prefer to Save a Natural Tooth
In many cases, dental health professionals will emphasize saving the natural tooth over extracting it, and this is because of the many benefits of keeping all your natural teeth for as long as possible. Some of these benefits include:
Economics – In addition to extracting a damaged tooth, follow-up treatment is required to replace the tooth to provide aesthetic and functional improvements. While these tooth replacements vary in methodology and price, the expense of removing a tooth can quickly add up.
Convenience – In opting to replace an extracted tooth, multiple follow-up appointments will be necessary depending upon the type of restoration you choose. These additional appointments require time and coordination that could be better spent outside of the dental chair.
Overall Health – Nothing beats an original, and the same is true for your teeth. Natural teeth provide the stability needed to support oral health. The tooth roots help keep your jaw bone strong and the crown provides function, contributing to your ability to chew and speak clearly.
When Should a Tooth Be Extracted?
While it’s true that not all damaged teeth can be saved through a root canal, extraction should be a last resort. Sometimes an extraction is the only option. Some of these instances include compromised tooth structure and severe fractures that extend below the gumline; in each of these situations, an extraction is a patient’s best option.
If you’re considering a tooth extraction, we recommend visiting our office first, to see if a root canal can resolve your discomfort. Contact Avenue of Smiles in Simi Valley today to learn more about our practice. We look forward to making you smile!