Have you heard that if the center of your tooth is damaged, the only way to treat it is with root canal therapy? Sadly, the mere thought of this treatment makes many people anxious, but did you know that most people who have had root canal therapy claim that it isn’t worse than having a cavity filled? Furthermore, it’s almost always better to repair an injured tooth than it is to remove and replace it—and tooth extraction may be your only option if you avoid root canal therapy for too long. Still, there are advantages to both treatments.
Our team recommends root canal therapy when your pulp is infected or inflamed, whether it was caused by a cavity or not. During root canal therapy, our team will remove the infected area and seal the tooth. This treatment actually saves your tooth, though you may need a crown to protect it from further damage. And since crowns are designed to match your natural teeth, your repaired tooth should blend beautifully in your smile.
While root canal therapy is used to save a tooth, an extraction is usually recommended for a tooth that can’t be saved. This treatment is generally recommended for a tooth with compromised structure or a severe fracture. Similarly, if you don’t treat cavities quickly enough, your tooth could die—making tooth extraction a necessity. Again, whenever possible, our team recommends saving a damaged tooth rather than removing it.
If you have more questions about either of these treatments, please don’t hesitate to give Atwood Family Dental a call at 432.227.2300. Dr. Greg Atwood and our team will be happy to examine your smile and offer you personalized advice. We’re excited to hear from you soon!