Is a problematic tooth keeping you awake at night? Having it pulled out will stop your pain at its source and eliminate the problem, but is it the best option for your smile? While it will solve the issue short-term, it will create a new list of complications. Instead, your dentist might be able to save your tooth with a root canal. Over 15 million root canals are performed annually to restore healthy, functional smiles. If you’re considering an extraction, here’s what you need to know before having your tooth removed.
Extraction VS Root Canal
Extracting a tooth seems like a simple solution; however, there are several concerns associated with an incomplete smile. Every tooth is essential to your oral health. Losing even one can cause a variety of issues because your jawbone will slowly deteriorate since it isn’t being stimulated by the root. As you lose bone, your teeth won’t have adequate support, so they will drift out of position. This increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. Over time, your teeth may eventually loosen and fall out. Not to mention, you’ll need to invest in a dental prosthetic to replace the missing tooth.
A root canal stops the complications associated with tooth loss. The endodontic treatment extracts the inner layer of the tooth, called the pulp. It is sterilized before being sealed with a special material called gutta-percha. This reinstates the tooth’s health and integrity.
To restore its appearance and function, your dentist may recommend bonding a dental crown over the tooth. This also creates an added layer of protection to prevent future damage. Don’t worry, crowns are now made of all-ceramic material, so you don’t need to worry about a dark restoration causing an eyesore when you smile.
Which is the Right Treatment for Me?
Research shows over 20 million teeth are extracted each year. Although it’s common, having a tooth removed is only recommended as a last resort. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine if it’s in your best interest. Often, they will suggest saving a viable tooth with a root canal before moving forward with a more drastic treatment, like an extraction.
When a root canal is performed by a qualified dentist, the success rate is as high as 97%. Your tooth can thrive with the right care, like maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. Don’t worry, new advancements in dentistry make the procedure virtually pain-free.
Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal
If your tooth is giving you grief, don’t have it pulled out. Your dentist may be able to save it with a root canal. With quick care, you can stop your pain and keep your tooth.
About Dr. Brian Y. Lee
Dr. Brian Lee earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He regularly continues his training and uses the latest technological advancements to provide his patients with high-quality solutions to treat complex issues. Whether you need a root canal or an extraction, he can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.