Should You Try to Save Your Tooth?
Whether to go for tooth extraction or root canal may be a question you’re struggling with. When a tooth becomes infected and you’re in a lot of pain, it’s hard to think, let alone make a decision.
On the one hand, root canals have a bad reputation. Many people fear them and consider them invasive.
Extraction may also seem unpleasant but at least the pain disappears with the tooth. However, pulling a tooth can feel final.
Sometimes you have no choice and extraction is the only solution. If your tooth is cracked below the gum line, a root canal is not an option. Your dentist will have to pull the tooth. Even when this occurs, you can often opt for a dental implant or in some cases a bridge (also called a partial).
The problem with extraction is that missing teeth can affect your speech and your ability to chew. Furthermore, a gap can sometimes cause other teeth to shift. Of course, from an aesthetic perspective, you may have lost your beautiful smile.
Despite the fact that many people fear root canals, they shouldn’t be painful. The AAE (American Association of Endodontists) suggests always choosing a root canal over extraction. In fact, if your dentist discusses extraction, be sure to ask whether a root canal is possible.
A root canal involves numbing the tooth and gum area with an anesthetic. In many cases, the procedure feels about the same as having a filling replaced. During a root canal, the dentist removes the pulp, which is the inner substance of your tooth. Your dentist cleans the inside of the tooth and then seals it.
Concerned about deciding between tooth extraction or root canal?
At Hutto Hippo Family Dental we can discuss your concerns and suggest treatment than can help you save your teeth. We’re also glad to answer your questions. Give us a call. Our number is (512) 806-7740.