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Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction: Which Is the Better Option?

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When a tooth experiences injury due to a crack or gum disease, it’s important you remedy the situation as soon as you can. Not only can it be painful to eat and drink, but the longer it takes to fix the root of the problem, the more likely you are to lose all functionality of the tooth. When this occurs, your dentist or oral surgeon will recommend an extraction. When you are able to get it looked at immediately, there’s often a chance your surgeon can save the tooth, most commonly through a root canal. 

To truly understand where your tooth is in the process and which procedure would be most cost-effective and most beneficial to your overall oral health, it’s vital you schedule a full consultation and examination with a qualified oral surgeon. Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group has a team of dedicated oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have devoted their careers to providing efficient and top-notch oral health care at an affordable price. Our team can be with you every step of the way. 

When Is a Root Canal the Better Option? 

When the tooth is still salvageable, your surgeon will likely recommend a root canal. This is a relatively quick procedure that does not require more than local anesthetic. Your surgeon will ensure the procedure is as quick and painless as possible. The treatment is conducted to eliminate all the gathered bacteria from the root canal in an attempt to save the natural tooth and prevent reinfection. Examples of reasons your surgeon may need to perform a root canal include a crack in the tooth, periodontitis, gingivitis, and other forms of gum disease. 

After the infected areas of the tooth pulp have been removed, you will receive a crown or other form of protective dental implant. This will restore the tooth to its original function while still keeping part of the natural tooth intact. 

When Is a Tooth Extraction the Better Option? 

When the tooth cannot be saved, it will be extracted. This procedure does not take long, though it does often come with other corrective procedures. When a tooth is no longer able to be saved, it is generally due to excess amounts of rot in the gums, the tooth, and possibly even the bone. Before a dental implant can be installed, your surgeon must first restore the natural structure of the mouth and ensure you have a healthy environment to properly foster the new implant. 

An extraction will often be in conjunction with a deep cleaning and, depending on the current status of your oral health, a variety of other procedures, including: 

After the area has fully healed, you and your oral surgeon can discuss the best possible route for your future implant options. This can include a single-tooth dental implant, a bridge, implant-supported dentures, or more. 

Schedule an Examination With an Oral Hygiene Professional Today 

At the end of the day, the decision is ultimately between you and your oral health care provider. That’s why it’s important you choose one you can trust. At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we pride ourselves on the innovative and superior surgical care we are able to provide. Minimally-invasive surgical techniques combined with state-of-the-art and highly trained and competent doctors means you should be leaving quickly, painlessly, and without burning a huge hole in your pocket. 

Get the best possible oral health care you can today by scheduling an appointment with our Elizabeth site through our contact form or by calling (908) 663-5309.