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Do you ever hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist because you know—or even think—there’s a chance you could need root canal treatment? If you do, you aren’t alone.

But did you know that if a root canal, which is the soft layer in the center of your tooth, is infected or damaged, the afflicted tooth could die? And if the tooth dies, the only thing your dentist will be able to do is remove it?

And yet, some people seem to think having their tooth extracted is the better option. Usually this is because root canal therapy has a bad reputation for being extremely painful. However, most patients who have gone through the treatment say it is mostly painless.

In essence, pain shouldn’t scare you away from root canal therapy: but other factors should be considered. For example, if you decide to let your tooth be extracted, you will need a dental restoration to complete your smile, allow you to maintain your ability to chew comfortably, and to protect your jaw from uneven chewing.

You should also consider the long-term implications of these restorations. You see, root canal therapy is cheaper than any restoration. Furthermore, restorations will typically need to be replaced, meaning you may have to pay even more.

Alternatively, you could simply choose to have the tooth removed and not replaced. But this is not the best approach. Aside from leaving a cosmetically unappealing gap in your smile, having a missing tooth can make your teeth shift. Having gaps in your smile will also make your smile more difficult to clean and leave you more susceptible to gum disease.

Overall, root canal therapy is a better option for your oral health. If you are interested in learning more about root canal therapy or a tooth extraction, please feel free to contact us today. We are eager to hear from you.