Tooth Extraction Vs. Root Canal Therapy

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The temptation to have an aching tooth extracted is usually common among patients. Not once I have encountered with people who have decided to do away with an aching tooth because of the overwhelming pain they were going through. I am almost certain that you have encountered such people. If not so, you may have even influenced a relative or a friend to have their aching tooth extracted. In areas where dental care services are limited, extraction is always the available option.

A long time back, I had one of my tooth extracted after a sleepless night full of pain. I dealt with the pain but somehow the extraction paved way for other dental health challenges. I suffered a broken incisor 2 years ago and the dentist I visited suggested that I go for a root canal therapy instead of an extraction. She also discovered that most of my molars were completely erupted and wished if I had sought a dentist’s opinion early enough.

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Why not consider a root canal therapy?

The tooth on which a root canal therapy was done seems to have healed well and for the past three years, it has not experienced any problem. It is important to discuss your dental concerns with your dentist or endodontist because he or she is always better placed to prescribe a relevant intervention. An endodontist is a root canal specialist. In this article, I would like to share with you about root canal therapy as a reliable alternative that can secure your natural teeth and natural appearance of your smile.

Although tooth extraction can be inevitable, especially for badly decayed or infected teeth, it is not harmful to consider having a tooth the one that is not badly off repaired. One of the ways to deal with a decayed tooth is the root canal procedure.

The procedure

The root canal procedure is used across the world to save natural teeth; it involves treatment of the inside of a tooth. It is usually necessary when the pulp becomes infected. A fractured tooth and deep decay are good examples of what may expose the pulp to inflammation. The pulp is located in the chamber underneath the dentin and enamel of your tooth.

As part of the procedure, a dentist would suggest that you first go for an X-ray. This helps the dentist to understand the anatomy of the tooth to be repaired. During the procedure the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth carefully cleaned and disinfected. Once the infected pulp is removed the canal is filled and sealed for protection. A recommendation may be given that you go back for imaging to confirm that the sealing of the canal is okay.

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Having experienced the outcomes of both tooth extraction and the root canal procedure I would recommend that you take it up or advise a friend or your relative to discuss with their respective dentists about the possibility of having a root canal instead of an extraction. Your natural teeth are always the best, but it is that sure with root canal you will enjoy efficient chewing, maintain a reliable biting force, good speech, appearance and save on resources. It is necessary to take care of the repaired tooth if you are serious about keeping it safe and strong for as long as it is possible.

Restorative services such as root canal are available and as part of your responsibility to protect your oral health you may want to consult a dental health professional now. Dental health care providers such as the Dao & Associates have a pool of highly trained dental team who is dedicated to improving your dental health.

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