Endodontic therapy is almost always a better alternative to extraction.
In extreme cases when a cavity compromises the structure of the tooth to the point that it is unrecoverable and too weak to repair or when a severe fracture extends below the gum line, extraction may be the only viable option, but in most other cases it is more beneficial, both cosmetically and medically, to save the natural tooth. Saving the natural tooth provides a host of benefits. The natural tooth provides more stability and is ultimately preferable to prosthetic ("man-made") options available and keeps your smile true to you. With the natural tooth comes a natural efficiency in chewing and the natural tooth maintains the force with which you can bite down on your foods, allowing you to continue to eat what you love. The natural tooth also provides natural bone stimulation, sensory proprioception (your ability to sense position), and helps protect you from functional overload of the jaw and teeth. Dentistry has yet to produce a denture, bridge, or implant that looks, feels, and functions as well as a natural tooth. With the newest technology today, root canal treatment is much less invasive and more comfortable than ever before.
Choosing a root canal to save your tooth over choosing extraction is more cost effective and prolongs your oral health while maintaining your cosmetic smile as long as you can.
The root canal is a more beneficial treatment option in the long run if you want to maintain your natural smile. It is a cost effective and convenient plan for your long term oral health. We want to save your tooth before you choose extraction.