Root canals and tooth extractions are two procedures dentists can use to treat teeth that are damaged or infected in some way. Following a consultation, an x-ray will be completed to see if an extraction or root canal is needed to maintain healthy teeth.
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma.
Sometimes your dentist simply can't save a tooth, and it needs to be removed. This may be the case if you have a very large cavity that compromises too much of your tooth's structure, making it too weak to repair. If your tooth has a severe fracture, extraction may be the best option here as well.
At Smile Again Dental Center, our main priority is to educate on all options available to you and your health.
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