Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction
Unfortunately, root canals have gotten a reputation as a painful dental procedure. Not only is that inaccurate, but root canals can be valuable for preserving a patient’s damaged teeth. Here are the benefits of root canals over extracting a tooth and replacing it with a prosthetic of some sort.
- Tooth extraction leads to bone loss: After a tooth is removed, its root is no longer in place to anchor the jawbone material in the surrounding area. As a result, that bone will erode, potentially jeopardizing the attachment of other teeth in the vicinity. A root canal will ensure that the tooth’s roots remain present to secure the jaw.
- Even the most structurally complete tooth replacement cannot fully restore the chewing function of a biological tooth: Certainly, a dentist can replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant, which is the most lifelike prosthetic available. While dental implants are quite good, they still cannot completely restore the chewing function of the biological tooth.
- Conventional appliances can be more difficult to maintain, and a patient’s oral health may suffer: A dental bridge will restrict your access to your gumline and present a challenge to brushing and flossing thoroughly in that area, where bacteria are prone to collect. With a biological tooth, you can continue to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine.
These are just a few examples of the benefits of root canals vs. tooth extractions. Patients who are put off by the prospect of the pain they associate with a root canal should reconsider. Most people who undergo this treatment report that they experience no more discomfort than they would when having a cavity filled. Furthermore, patients can choose sedation for increased comfort if they so desire.
If you are trying to decide between a root canal and having your tooth extracted, be sure that you have the correct information. Feel free to call our office and speak with one of our experienced staff members or schedule a consultation for the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about this treatment.