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Should You Have Your Tooth Pulled?

December 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — afton @ 6:20 pm

Dentist explaining to woman root canal vs tooth extractionDo you have a problematic tooth keeping you awake at night? Whether you’ve had ongoing issues with a tooth or an unexpected dental emergency, you have a big decision ahead of you. You can allow your dentist to save your tooth with a root canal or have it removed. Don’t make an irreversible choice without considering the pros and cons of each option. Here’s what you need to know about a root canal VS tooth extraction.

Is a Root Canal or Extraction Best?

Let’s face it, root canals have a bad reputation for being painful, so extraction may seem like the better option. Would you change your mind if root canal therapy was pain-free? Your dentist will use a local numbing agent to ensure you are comfortable as they extract the inner layer of the tooth called the pulp. You won’t feel anything as your tooth is sterilized and sealed to restore its health. With the added protection of a dental crown, you’ll reinstate its function and appearance to preserve your natural smile.

As an alternative, you can choose to have your tooth removed. It will eliminate the issue at the source; however, not without risks. Every tooth is crucial to your dental health. Losing even one can have devastating consequences for your smile.

When you lose a tooth, there isn’t a root in the socket to stimulate the jawbone. Your bone will deteriorate slowly. You can lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of missing a tooth. As you lose more bone, your remaining teeth won’t have the support they need to stay in place. They can drift out of alignment, increasing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Each additional tooth you lose can change your bite and make it difficult to chew.

To avoid the complications of missing teeth, you can invest in a prosthetic to fill the space, which can get costly over the years because you may need replacements. Extracting a compromised tooth can provide a quick fix to your problem, but it can have lasting consequences for your oral health and quality of life.

Make an Educated Decision for Your Smile

Choosing between a root canal and extraction is an important decision, but you don’t have to make it alone. Your endodontist will examine your smile to make a recommendation. They always strive to preserve every tooth, but there are situations that require extraction. Don’t worry, they will discuss all your options, answer your questions, and address any concerns to feel 100% confident in the decision you’re making for your smile.

About Dr. Gregory C. Gell

Dr. Gell earned his dental degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry before obtaining a Certificate of Endodontics and a Master of Science in Oral Biology. He has the training and qualifications you can trust to treat complex issues. If you need an endodontist to rehabilitate your smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for root canal therapy.

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