Root Canal Treatment Vs. Tooth Extraction

Root Canal Treatment Vs. Tooth Extraction

Root canal treatment vs. extraction

If you need treatment for a abscessed tooth, there are two options: you can get the tooth removed, or you can get a root canal. Getting the tooth removed in the cheapest option in the short run, but  it could lead to more expensive problems over time.

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What is an abscessed tooth?

When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, it is called an abscessed tooth. Pulp is the inner part of the tooth containing the blood vessels and nerves. This can happen when a deep cavity or filling is invaded by bacteria, or when a tooth is injured and begins to die.

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth:

  • A gum-boil or a pimple on the gums above a tooth, called a fistula. A fistula is where the infected fluid, or pus, from an abscessed tooth drains into the mouth. When a fistula is present, there isn’t always pain since the infection is draining and not building up.
  • Pain when pressure is applied to the tooth and with chewing.
  • Sensitivity to hot foods and drinks.
  • A toothache that may be severe and constant and may keep you up at night.
  • Swelling of the mouth and face.

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To confirm that you have an abscessed tooth, the dentist will take an x-ray. You will choose between having the tooth removed or having a root canal treatment. Both options will remove the infection, however, having a tooth removed may come with some unforeseen consequences.

What to expect from a root canal treatment:

It is a relatively simple procedure done in a dental office under local anaesthetic. However, in difficult cases, a referral may be made to an endodontist, a root canal specialist. The dentist will clean out the infection by  removing the pulp, then fill and seal off the tooth. This will treat the infection but and the tooth remains in the mouth. A crown will cover the tooth to keep the tooth strong and prevent breaking.

Consequences of having a tooth extracted:

  • A large gap between your teeth. This can affect your speech and make eating more difficult. If your abscessed tooth is in a position that is easy for people to see when you open your mouth, it can diminish your confidence and leave you self conscious every time you smile.
  • Your remaining teeth will start to shift and tip into the space left by the extracted tooth. This can lead to issues with your bite, jaw pain, and headaches.
  • Having the tooth replaced by an implant or bridge will likely be more costly than root canal treatment.

An abscessed tooth does not go away on its own. If you suspect you might have an abscessed tooth, see a dentist right away. In some cases, having an untreated dental infection can become very serious and may even require hospitalization. If you visit the ER or dentist, they might prescribe antibiotics, but this a short-term solution and the infection will return if the tooth is untreated.

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