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Root Canal or Extraction? What’s right for you?

Root Canal or Extraction?

Root-Canal-or-Extraction-Puyallup-SmilesWhen you have a serious tooth infection, you want relief and you want it now. Sometimes you want it so bad that you’re willing do anything. Well, with a tooth infection you will have two options to choose from: endodontic treatment (also known as a root canal) or to get your tooth extracted. Most dentists will recommend a root canal as they believe it is a wiser choice for your overall dental health.  Make sure to contact us at our Puyallup dental office to find out what’s best for you.


While having your tooth extracted may seem like the easier choice (and the less painful choice for that matter), it can lead to complications in the future. With your tooth missing, the teeth that are surrounding that tooth will shift into new places to try and fill the now empty spot. While your teeth are shifting, it could possibly lead to crooked teeth or even a bad bite, which can develop into temporomandibular joint. That can then lead to problems chewing and biting. Teeth that shift from their natural and original positions have the possibility to become loose easily and tend to have more dental problems than other natural teeth.

In order to completely eliminate these complications, most dentists will recommend you to have any tooth that has been extracted be replaced. Luckily for you, there are many options for replacing missing teeth such as a dental bridge or a dental implant. Extraction is the only choice if you do not want to get a root canal. You can have your tooth pulled and replace that tooth with an implant, bridge, or a partial denture, if you would like. The important thing is, if you remove a tooth, you will need to replace that tooth to prevent any other complications.

Root Canal

However, it is completely up to you on what is the best way to keep your natural teeth. Endodontic treatment, also known as the root canal, has a high success rate. The teeth that went through the root canal can be saved for many years after the procedure. Of course, that is if you practice good oral hygiene. If you do not practice good oral hygiene, the tooth may not last long and can lead to medical problems in the near future.


When deciding what is best for you, make sure you weigh both the pros and cons of each procedure. Remember, if you have your tooth pulled that you will need to replace it with an implant or a bridge. If you have a root canal you will need to practice good oral hygiene. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, but when making the choice make sure it is the correct choice for you. The best way to know this is to visit us at our Puyallup dentist office.  Schedule an appointment today!

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