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Do you ever hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist because you know—or even think—there’s a chance you could need root canal treatment? If you do, you aren’t alone.

But did you know that if a root canal, which is the soft layer in the center of your tooth, is infected or damaged, the afflicted tooth could die? And if the tooth dies, the only thing your dentist will be able to do is remove it?

And yet, some people seem to think having their tooth extracted is the better option. Usually this is because root canal therapy has a bad reputation for being extremely painful. However, most patients who have gone through the treatment say it is mostly painless.

In essence, pain shouldn’t scare you away from root canal therapy: but other factors should be considered. For example, after root canal therapy your tooth will function as normal. Conversely, if a tooth is extracted, you’ll need a restorative treatment like a crown or a bridge to complete your smile and to make simple acts like chewing and speaking comfortable. Sadly, these restorations are for more expensive than root canal therapy, and because they may eventually need to be replaced, you could pay for them more than once.

Of course, you could have your infected tooth removed and simply not replace it. However, this is not the best approach, whether you are considering the cosmetic or health implications. Naturally, having a gap in the front of your smile is undesirable. But even if the gap is in the back of your mouth, you should address it. Gaps in your teeth can make your other teeth shift and can leave your more vulnerable to gum disease.

Alternatively, you could simply choose to have the tooth removed and not replaced. But this is not the best approach. Aside from leaving a cosmetically unappealing gap in your smile, having a missing tooth can make your teeth shift. Having gaps in your smile will also make your smile more difficult to clean and leave you more susceptible to gum disease.

Overall, root canal therapy is a better option for your oral health. If you are interested in learning more about root canal therapy or a tooth extraction, please feel free to contact us today. We are eager to hear from you.