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Root Canal Treatment versus Tooth Extraction


Root Canal Treatment versus Tooth Extraction

(Provided by American Association of Endodontists Fact Sheet)
Dentists today are doing everything possible to save teeth. But sometimes patients don't understand their options or they feel that having a tooth extracted is the easiest and most economical way to treat the problem.

More than 40 million teeth are extracted each year and many of these extractions are unnecessary.

The American Association of Endodontists wants the public to know that saving a tooth should always be the first choice for the greatest health and cosmetic results, and offers these guidelines for obtaining the best possible dental treatment.
1. If given a choice between endodontic (root canal) treatment or tooth extraction, always choose endodontic treatment. Dentistry has yet to produce a denture or bridge that function as well as a natural tooth.
2. If given a choice of tooth extraction, ask whether endodontic treatment is an option, and if not, why not.
3. If your dentist says that an endodontic procedure would be very difficult and might fail, ask about referral to an endodontist. Endodontists are dentists with at least two years advanced training in root canal procedures who limit their practices to endodontics and specialize in difficult cases.
4. Endodontic treatment most likely will cost you more than an extraction. But when a tooth is extracted, it must be replaced to prevent other teeth from shifting and to prevent future periodontal disease (gum disease), if not for cosmetic reasons alone. The cost of the denture or bridge, plus the extraction, often is more than an endodontic procedure that would save the tooth. Most dental insurance plans cover endodontic treatment.
5. Never choose extraction because you think endodontic treatment will be painful. Modern techniques and effective anesthesia make the treatment virtually painless. Post procedure discomfort is generally greater with tooth extraction than root canal treatment.
6. Never choose extraction because it's quicker. Endodontic treatments generally require two visits lasting less than an hour each. Extraction may be over in moments, but the denture or bridge will require additional visits with your dentists.

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  arrow Root Canal Post-Operative Instructions
What is a Root Canal Treatment?   |   Root Canal Treatment-What to Expect   |    Root Canal Treatment   |   Root Canal Retreatment  
Root Canal Treatment-Periapical Abscess    |  Root Canal Treatment-Cracked Teeth   |  What is Apicoectomy?  |  Root Canal Treatment-Hemisection
Endodontic Treatments for Traumatic Injuries   |   Root Canal Treatment versus Tooth Extraction   |  Root Canal Treatment versus Implants
Myths About Root Canals   |   Root Canal Frequently Asked Questions   |    Root Canal Post-Operative Instructions

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