In this post from Create A Smile in Bloomington IN, we are going to talk about root canals, tooth extraction, and dental implants.
When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, we make a judgment call: whether to try saving the tooth with root canal therapy, or extracting it.
Sometimes patients think an extraction is the best choice. Can’t they just have the tooth pulled, and replaced with a dental implant? Whether that’s because root canals have a bad reputation and dental implants have a good one.
The truth is that extracting a tooth is a traumatic procedure. It’s extremely invasive, for one thing. For another, extractions may allow more bad bacteria to get into the bloodstream.
Performing a root canal is actually the better way to go. It’s true that most people associate them with pain. But that’s a myth: modern root canals are about as bad as getting a cavity filled, in terms of patient discomfort. Better still, they allow you to keep your natural tooth. That is always preferable!
Dental implants are state-of-the-art tooth replacement prostheses, and a revolutionary development in dentistry. But it’s a myth to think they’re a better option than extraction. A dental implant would mean more time in the dentist’s chair and a higher cost.
At Create A Smile in Bloomington IN, we save a lot of teeth with root canal therapy. Patients from Spencer, Ellettsville, and Bedford also come to us for full restorative dentistry services. Call to schedule your next checkup today!