Extraction vs. Root Canal
Weighing the Options: Extraction vs. Root Canal
When you have a tooth that is infected and damaged, your dentist can either recommend an extraction or a root canals Barrie. Usually, the choice that he makes depends on two main things. One is the extent of the damage to the tooth and the second is the consent of the patient. An extraction is usually the choice for a tooth that is damaged beyond repair, while a root canal saves those teeth that still have a chance of getting saved. Still, it is not as easy as it sounds, especially when there are so many myths surrounding both procedures. If you have suddenly found yourself torn between an extraction and a root canal, there are several things that you need to know.
Teeth That Can Be Saved
If bacteria get inside your root canals due to an opening occasioned by cracking your teeth or a cavity caused by decay, the pulp of your teeth gets infected and you tend to feel great pain. You may even experience swelling where your tooth is. If the infection has not spread extensively and over a great period of time (and this is why you need to visit your dentist regularly), your dentist will save it using a root canal. If your tooth is so damaged that the good parts are much less than the bad parts, an extraction might be inevitable.
Cracked & Fractured Teeth
Let’s suppose you are one of the outdoorsy types that likes to engage in sports and especially contact sports. Let’s now suppose at some point in your sporting activities your tooth comes into contact with an opponent’s elbow. If you crack your teeth and the fracture extends below the gum line, chances are high that it will get removed. Failure of the tooth to be removed only exposes your tooth and the gum to possible infection which might have dire consequences especially if it spreads to the other teeth and gums.
PAIN AND COST OF THE PROCEDURES
During Root Canal
During a root canal, your dentist will first need to get an X-ray of the tooth done to determine the extent of the damage. They will then numb your tooth and the surrounding area using local anesthesia. The next step is to remove the infected pulp-a process known as pulpectomy. Finally your canals will be filled and the tooth sealed using dental cement. Your dentist will usually prescribe antibiotics and painkillers.
Fractured Tooth Extraction
For an extraction, your dentist will numb the area and then loosen the tooth using an appliance referred to as an elevator. They will then use forceps to pull the tooth out. You are usually required to bite on a piece of gauze to clot the blood flow. Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics and painkillers for use after the extraction.
It is important to voice your concerns regarding both procedures to your dentist so that you can be advised accordingly before either of them is undertaken. Whether you are worried about the pain or the costs, there are options available to allay your fears, as long as you are open about what those are.
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At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.
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- What Happens During A Root Canal?
- What Damages a Tooth’s Nerve and Pulp in The First Place?
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- How Painful Is A Root Canal?
- Busting the Myths about Root Canals
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