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Root canal treatment to save your tooth is almost always a better option than extraction. It’s a good investment in the long run for several reasons.
Long term complications that result from extractions include:
Bone loss over time reduces the chance of qualifying for future implant treatment in many cases. In addition, the cost to have a future bridge or implant placed (combined with the cost of the extraction) makes for overall higher cost than if the root canal procedure and a crown were done to begin with.
While it may seem unnecessary to spend money for a root canal and crown when you compare the cost to extraction, but it is usually a better long term investment for your overall oral health.
Root Canal Treatment is a sequence of procedures on the tooth nerves designed to save a tooth that otherwise would need to be extracted. The end result is the elimination of infection and protection from future infection. Due to the brittle or fractious condition of the tooth after Root Canal Treatment, it is necessary that the tooth be fitted with a crown as soon as possible to prevent loss of the tooth due to a fracture.
For some patients root canal treatment is one of the most feared dental procedures, perhaps because of a painful abscess. Often the fear is from stories of old fashioned dentistry; from the days before innovative pain management. Most Root Canal procedures are done in one dental visit lasting around 2-3 hours.
In most cases, dentists will always recommend trying to save the teeth you were born with. In some cases, dentists will recommend alternative options, which should always be discussed with your dental provider. Schedule an appointment today!