What Is the Difference Between a Root Canal and an Extraction?

May 22, 2018

Should You Have A Root Canal Or An Extraction?

Many patients are faced with the decision of either having root canal treatment to save a tooth or having the tooth extracted. Usually, this is due to the tooth becoming infected or abscessed. This can be caused by a deep cavity or dental filling in the tooth or a traumatic injury. An abscessed tooth is a non-reversible condition that needs to be treated, or it can lead to serious health complications.

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth

Toothache – The pain, which is often severe, can be triggered by hot foods and drinks or chewing. However, the pain may also occur spontaneously with no triggers.

Gum boil/pimple – This indicates that the infection from the abscessed tooth is draining out into the mouth. While this may not be painful since the pressure is being relieved by the draining of the abscess.

Swelling – You may experience swelling of your face and the lymph nodes under your jaw may be swollen and tender to the touch.
If you are deciding between having a root canal treatment or an extraction, here are some points to consider.

Financial Considerations:

The cost of a dental procedure is often at the forefront of the decision-making process. However, in the short-term, having the tooth extracted is the more affordable option. However, if you opt for extraction, you may be left wanting to fill the space afterward. The options for filling a space left by a missing tooth include a dental implant, bridge or partial denture. These procedures may end up being more costly than having the root canal treatment. Your dental professional will be able to discuss all the options with you as well as the costs associated.

Aesthetic Considerations:

Having a missing tooth can affect both your smile and your self-confidence, mainly if it is visible when you speak or smile.

Functional Considerations

Chewing – Depending on the location of the tooth or if you are already missing any teeth, losing a tooth may make chewing food more difficult.
Jaw pain – Having missing teeth can cause changes to your bite, making it unbalanced. This can lead to jaw joint pain and overworked jaw muscles.
Speech – Our teeth and tongue help us to form words correctly. Sometimes having a missing tooth can cause a ‘lisp’ when pronouncing certain words.
It is essential for you to be informed and comfortable with any dental procedure you decide on. Our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us today!

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