Pull It Or Save It: Which Will You Choose?

Dental decay is a fairly normal part of the aging process. Some patients will see more decay than others, but it’s fair to say that most American adults will have to make a tough call regarding at least one of their teeth: Will it stay? Or will it go? When a tooth becomes infected down to the tooth root, you will be in quite a bit of pain. You’ll want something to happen to end the pain, and you’ll be faced with two options: extraction or endodontics. We’ll walk you through some common pros and cons of each option.



The one benefit of extraction is that the infected tooth is gone, quickly. Unfortunately, the cons far outweigh that pro. Once the tooth is gone, you will have to undergo some sort of restoration process to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place. At the end of the day, extraction is more expensive than root canal therapy, and could very well cause you more pain in the long run.

Endodontics: Root Canal Therapy
The one major con of root canal therapy is simply it’s image in society. Root canals are treated with lots of drama in film, but reality is quite a bit different. Positives of root canal therapy is that your natural tooth will be saved, which means a lot more comfort for you. You won’t have to spend extra money on a restoration, and the root canal is no more painful than a routine filling!

Our goal at TDA is to maintain your natural teeth whenever possible. If your dentist has recommended an extraction for a decayed tooth, give us a call! We will find a way to save your tooth if at all possible. We can’t wait to sit down and discuss it with you!

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