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Do you ever hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist because you know—or even think—there’s a chance you could need root canal treatment? If you do, you aren’t alone.

But did you know that if a root canal, which is the soft layer in the center of your tooth, is infected or damaged, the afflicted tooth could die? And if the tooth dies, the only thing your dentist will be able to do is remove it?

And yet, some people seem to think having their tooth extracted is the better option. Usually this is because root canal therapy has a bad reputation for being extremely painful. However, most patients who have gone through the treatment say it is mostly painless.

In essence, pain shouldn’t scare you away from root canal therapy: but other factors should be considered. For example, after root canal therapy your tooth will function as normal. Conversely, if a tooth is extracted, you’ll need a restorative treatment like a crown or a bridge to complete your smile and to make simple acts like chewing and speaking comfortable. Sadly, these restorations are for more expensive than root canal therapy, and because they may eventually need to be replaced, you could pay for them more than once.

Alternatively, you could simply choose to have the tooth removed and not replaced. But this is not the best approach. Aside from leaving a cosmetically unappealing gap in your smile, having a missing tooth can make your teeth shift. Having gaps in your smile will also make your smile more difficult to clean and leave you more susceptible to gum disease.

In our opinion, regardless of the factors that are considered, root canal therapy trumps a dental extraction. Unfortunately, there are times when a root canal simply is no longer an option. We recommend contacting your dentist to see what the best option for you may be.

To learn more about the benefits of root canal therapy over dental extraction—or to schedule an appointment with us—please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are excited to meet you.