When You Should Choose a Root Canal Over a Tooth Extraction

Tooth problems hurt. It is one those truths in life with which no one can disagree. The deep discomfort in the mouth, the difficulty eating, and the sharp pain when you touch that sore tooth with your tongue or food. We all know the feeling and it is why we go to the dentist to get relief.

When the pain comes from a dead tooth or an infection deep in the gums and roots of a tooth, you know you are in serious trouble. The fix is not going to be comfortable and it may take some time to get things right.

At South Plains Rural Health, we see severe tooth problems all the time. Patients come to us in the worst pain and look for immediate relief. Extraction may be the easy solution, but there are times when root canal treatment is the better option.

Let’s take a closer look at when you should choose a root canal over a tooth extraction.

Getting to the root of the problem

The serious pain, usually in a rear molar, comes from infection and decay in the tooth and the roots holding it in place.

At South Plains Rural Health, we will take a complete view of your mouth and see where the problem, or problems, originate. The examination will often involve x-rays to see exactly what is happening beneath the surface.

When we have a full idea of what is happening in your mouth, then we can recommend a specific treatment.

Dealing with infection first

In cases where the infection is causing problems such as swelling and severe pain, we will recommend a course of antibiotics. Only when the infection clears can we see what needs doing and begin any work.

Choosing Root Canal

At South Plains Rural Health, we like to see our patients keep their natural teeth for as long as possible. When you ask us for advice on what to do with a serious problem, we will give you an outline of why root canal is often the better option.

The list may include:

Keeping a tooth is the better option. Proper root canal treatment will save a tooth, and with good dental hygiene, it should last a lifetime, without the need for further treatment. With the original tooth, the line of your jaw stays firm, your teeth are healthy, and you will need fewer visits to the dentist.

Be vigilant

The best way to avoid root canal treatment or extraction is to maintain good dental health. Regular visits to see us are vital. When problems do arise, do not delay in seeking professional help. Schedule an appointment with South Plains Rural health today and stay ahead of any dental problems.

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