Root Canal vs. Extraction – Which Option Is Better?
Posted on 4/26/2021 by Advanced Dental Associates
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems worldwide. It occurs due to infections in the soft cavity at the tooth's center and poor oral hygiene. This not only causes pain and discomfort but can also ruin one's appearance and smile. There are only two reliable solutions for tooth decay: extraction and root canal. But what's the difference between these two procedures and which option is better?
At Advanced Dental Associates, Advanced Dental Associates and can perform a routine dental exam to check for tooth decay and other potential oral conditions.
What Is a Rooth Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that repairs a damaged tooth without removing it completely. During the procedure, we remove the damaged part inside of the teeth, clean the remaining part (pulp), and disinfect, fill, and seal the tooth.
The procedure starts with an X-ray, using which we evaluate the damage. Then we administer local anesthesia, so you don't feel anything. To complete the procedure, we place a crown on top of the tooth to ensure proper healing.
What Is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction involves removing the entire damaged tooth from its socket with the bone. There are two types of extraction: simple and surgical. If we can't see the damaged teeth from the mouth, we will refer you to an oral surgeon for surgical extraction. In a simple extraction, however, we administer anesthetic to ensure minimal discomfort and use an elevator to loosen up the tooth and pull.
Which Option Is Better?
Although you can replace a missing tooth thanks to modern dentistry, it's never the same as your natural tooth. Plus, healing from extraction is more painful than healing from a root canal. However, tooth extraction might be the right option depending on your case.
At Advanced Dental Associates, Advanced Dental Associates or can perform an in-depth dental exam to determine whether you need a root canal or tooth extraction. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (210) 714-5589 today.
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