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Root Canal Vs. Dental Extraction

Root Canal Vs. Dental Extraction

When a tooth is badly decayed, severely damaged, abscessed or infected, you may find yourself choosing whether to save the tooth or have it extracted. While both are common choices, generally, saving the natural tooth is preferable to extraction whenever possible. However, both treatments offer advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully weighed before proceeding.

Root Canal

This treatment requires one to two dental visits and an additional visit to complete the restoration. You will get to keep your natural tooth, and once it has been restored with a crown, you will be able to continue to use it just as you always have. Root canal treatments have a high success rate. By keeping the natural tooth, you will not have to worry about replacing it or losing any sensation.

Extraction

During an extraction, the problem tooth is simply removed. Most people recover quickly from a dental extraction, but the tooth will eventually need to be replaced, which will require more dental visits. Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing extracted teeth, but you may also choose a dental bridge or denture. Weighing the benefits and risks of each of these options can ensure that you get the right restoration for your needs.

Whether you choose a root canal or an extraction will depend on your needs and personal preferences. Although a root canal might be more costly than an extraction initially, you will not have to pay for further restorations beyond the crown. This makes it a more cost-effective solution in most cases. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in root canal procedure in Los Angeles.

 

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