What is the Difference Between a Root Canal and Extraction?

A tooth can get cavities, even though it is the hardest substance in the body. The cavities can be extensive. If it reaches the nerve or pulp of the tooth, your dentist may suggest a root canal or extraction. What is the difference between these two options?

Root Canal

If your tooth is severely damaged and no tooth filling can save it, then your dentist may suggest a tooth canal.

But there are factors that must be accounted for before deciding whether or not it is the better option. The first thing to consider is that the remaining or neighboring teeth must be in good condition. Furthermore, you need to have sufficient bone and gum support surrounding your tooth.

When opting for this procedure, you need to look after your teeth. That is, you must brush them after every meal and visit your dentist regularly.

This is also a better option if you have a medical condition that prevents dental extraction to be a choice.

For instance, if you are taking medicines for your bones, then extraction of your damaged tooth might not be a great idea.

In a root canal procedure, the pump is removed and cleaned out to ensure that no harmful bacteria are present.

After that, your dentist will place a material that replaces the removed pulp. In that way, it could still function properly. To strengthen the treated tooth, it is vital that a dental crown must be placed.

When to Choose Dental Extraction?

It is typically the last resort. If your tooth can no longer be salvaged, then dental extraction is the better option. It is also an option if it is difficult to properly clean the canal.

Since root canal requires enough tooth structure and bone, you cannot opt for it if the cavity is large enough that it can no longer support a crown or a filling.

In other words, enough natural tooth must be available. In that way, a dental crown can be bonded properly.

Dental extraction is also a choice if the damage extends to the nerve or it split the tooth in half. If there is a fracture and the crack affects below the gum line, your dentist cannot see how far the root goes.

Thus, removing the tooth is your better option than the root canal.

You may worry that removing your tooth will make your smile unattractive. However, there are several options to replace your missing tooth.

One of the most common is the dental implant. It may be expensive but it is worth it.

A bridge may also replace the missing tooth. Now, if these two options are not possible, your dentist may recommend getting denture.

To know the better option in fixing a damaged tooth, you need to visit your dentist for evaluation. At Manhattan Beach Dental Center, the dentists here will conduct a thorough examination on how to fix your tooth that has been damaged by a cavity or fractured.

Visit your dentist at Manhattan Beach Dental Center today to know what option you have for treating your damaged tooth.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot.As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship.My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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