You only get one set of real teeth, so it makes sense to do everything possible to preserve and protect your teeth. However, there does come a point for some people when extraction is a better option than trying to save an extremely damaged natural tooth.
If you are suffering from a decaying, broken, or otherwise troubling tooth, this guide will help you identify whether extraction might be your best choice.
Should You Save Your Tooth With a Root Canal?
A root canal can be used to save your damaged tooth and keep it in position. This procedure works by removing the infected inner pulp, cleaning the inner chamber, and sealing your tooth off from bacteria.
It’s true that a root canal will keep your natural tooth in place, but it can only be done if your tooth is salvageable. If your tooth has sustained severe and extensive damage, saving it from infection may not be enough. In this case, extraction is the best option.
Beyond a Root Canal: Opting For Extraction
There are certain situations when saving your natural tooth isn’t practical. If you find yourself in one of these situations, it is a better choice to have your tooth extracted and use dentures or implants to recreate a full smile.
- Your tooth has a very large cavity that covers too much of your tooth’s structure
- Your tooth is too weak or broken to repair
- Your tooth has a severe fracture that makes a root canal impossible
- The crack in your tooth extends below the gumline
Ask Your Dentist’s Opinion
Only your dentist can evaluate the health of your teeth to recommend whether you should try to save your natural tooth or opt for extraction. This is exactly why it’s so important to see a dentist you can trust to make the best decisions for your wellbeing.
Dr. Sam Tadros is Largo’s leading implant dentist with years of experience helping patients reconstruct their smiles. Call (727) 202-4926 today to make your appointment with Dr. Tadros and give your teeth the care they need.