Root Canals vs. Extractions

By October 14, 2016Dentist

Most people become frightened when they hear the terms “root canal” or “extraction.” But these days, they are generally comfortable dental practices which are done to improve the oral health of some patients. Whether you wish to opt for a root canal or a dental extraction, you should speak to your dentist first, and compare your options for restoration, cost, basics and much more. Read more to find out the differences in each process, and determine the pros and cons when compared to each other.


With a root canal, the process involves finding the spot of infection with X-rays, then drilling a tiny hole to reach the affected area. A local anesthetic is often administered, and patients do not experience any pain due to the numbness in the nerve. Your dentists will remove debris with a solution, and some special tools. Once completed, a specially designed substance is used to fill the hole in the tooth to prevent further infection. Extraction of the tooth includes using a local or general anesthetic, in which the bone or gum is cut away, and the tooth is removed with forceps in pieces, or whole form.


The intensity of pain with a root canal is much less, considering it is similar to getting a cavity filled. In comparison, extractions are more painful and often times will require stitches. The period of recovery time is much longer also, and can take a number of days in this method. In a root canal, the process is usually conducted over a period of one day. However, some root canals may require multiple visits to get the entire infection completely cleared up. We are dedicated to provide our patients with the best dental experience and minimize pain.


Usually, the cost of a root canal generally differs from who is handling the procedure. Molar root canals generally cost more than the cost of incisor root canals. However, the cost does not consist of the restorative work that is carried out following the canal. In contrast, the cost associated with extractions is generally based on the acuteness and location of the problem. Although root canals are costlier than extractions in the beginning, the restorative work in which each is involved can make extraction process a bit more costly.


Following a root canal, the tooth is generally crowned by a dentist in order to keep it safe and protected. The process generally has a higher success rate, and can ensure functioning teeth that will last for many years to come. With an extraction, a partial denture or bridge implant might be fitted in its place. This will prevent the shifting of other teeth, and restore functionality to the mouth.


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