Pull A Tooth Or Root Canal – Which One Is Better?

By on January 3, 2014

When the pulp of the tooth is infected, the only treatment option to remove the infection is root canal or tooth extraction. Pulp contains vessels, nerves and connective tissues that provide vitality to your teeth.

These are the two options for eliminating the infection. If you don’t treat the infection in your tooth, it may spread to bone and ligaments, which can lead to serious complications.

So, which one is the right option…

What happens if you consider root canal?

Pull a Tooth Or Root Canal Some people think tooth extraction as a better choice than root canal, while some others think root canal as a better option as it saves the natural tooth.

Also root canal is safer and less invasive than tooth extraction. According to several studies, root canal treatment is the best option to preserve patient’s health than extracting a tooth.

When comes to cost perspective, root canal followed by dental crown can be more economical than getting tooth extraction followed by replacement.

What happens if you consider tooth extraction?

During tooth extraction, 68-84% of more bacteria are released into the blood stream compared to root canal.

But, when compared to root canal, tooth extraction is the faster and cheaper option. In case, you want to replace the missing tooth, it will cost even higher than getting a root canal procedure.

If the tooth replacement is not done, then the adjacent teeth will move to occupy the place of missed tooth, which can lead to misalignment of entire teeth. If this is the case, it can lead to several periodontal problems and even lead to teeth mobility.

If you don’t consider tooth replacement, it can also cause chewing problems and even speech difficulties. There are several options for replacing the missed tooth, such as dental implants, partial dentures or dental bridges.

Dental crown is needed even after undergoing root canal treatment in order to give strength to the tooth structure. A dental crown can hide the tooth discoloration caused due to root canal.

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3 Comments

  1. Ontario Dentist

    January 6, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Though tooth extraction is the better option as it is easy and cost perspective but it have many drawbacks in future like speech problems, chewing problems and misalignment of the adjacent tooth and 60-84% bacteria’s are spread into the blood streams. So root canal is the best option for infected tooth as compare to the tooth extraction.

  2. Tooth health

    January 8, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Good dental or oral care is important to maintaining tooth health, gums and tongue. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste. Healthy teeth and gums make it easy for you to eat well and enjoy good food.

  3. Manjitsingh Bhalla

    January 9, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Great Post! A root canal is actually a hollow space that exists within the tooth. Bacteria sheltering in mouth from food substances we eat or from other means move into this space. Onwards, they extends onto the nerves, tissues and the base of the tooth through the “canal.” When the amount of bacteria affecting the nerves reaches beyond the tolerance level, your tooth starts aching. This is when you need to undergo a root canal procedure.

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