Is a Root Canal or an Extraction Better?

Black man in a blue dress shirt cringes in pain and touches his cheek wondering if he'll need root canal therapy

If a tooth is severely injured or decayed, it can develop an infection that spreads down to its roots. Signs of a tooth infection can include pain, discoloration, bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, and a pimple on your gums.

When it comes down to whether a patient should have root canal therapy or a tooth extraction for a compromised tooth, we usually recommend root canal therapy whenever possible. This is because we strive to help patients preserve their natural teeth and avoid the need for tooth replacements. But if a root canal isn’t possible or isn’t successful, we will recommend removing the tooth to protect your other teeth, gums, and jawbone.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy helps preserve the structure of a patient’s natural tooth if they have an infection inside the tooth. Even though root canal therapy has a bad reputation, modern techniques and anesthesia make the procedure virtually painless. The treatment will actually improve your tooth’s function while resolving pain.

During a root canal, your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth. They will drill a small hole in the top of the tooth to clean out its inside and remove its compromised tissues. Then, they will fill the inside with a biocompatible material called gutta percha. Depending on the strength of the tooth, it may need to be reinforced with a dental crown. At Gastonia Family Dentistry, we create durable, natural-looking dental crowns that blend in seamlessly with your other teeth.

Affordable Restorative Dentistry in Gastonia, NC

If you are dealing with an infected tooth, don’t wait to get the relief you need. The longer you put off getting treatment, the more likely you will end up needing a tooth extraction instead and subsequent tooth replacement. Contact our office to schedule an appointment at Gastonia Family Dentistry so we can help you determine which treatment is best for your smile and your finances.


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