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Root Canal (Endodontic treatment) versus Tooth Extraction

When the nerve or pulp of a tooth becomes diseased or injured, treatment is required to prevent pain, infection and further oral damage. Root canal therapy is a safe and effective treatment option that preserves a patient’s natural tooth. The American Association of Endodontists cite the following advantages of natural tooth preservation: efficient chewing, normal biting force, sensation, natural appearance and protecting other teeth from excessive wear and stain. If a patient elects to remove (extract) the tooth as an alternative treatment to root canal therapy, The American Association of Endodontists advises patients should be aware that missing teeth can make you self-conscious, affect your ability to bite and chew, cause other healthy teeth to shift, and have a negative impact on your overall health. For these reasons, the extracted tooth should be replaced with an artificial one. Replacing missing teeth can range in price and give acceptable cosmetic and functional results.