Root canal vs Extraction
When the tooth pulp (nerve) is infected, there are only two treatment options: Root canal treatment vs Extraction. You can’t just have a filling in the diseased tooth, because it won’t make the infection go away.
If you don’t take action soon enough, that infection will spread to your jaw, and eventually enter the bloodstream thus affecting other body areas like your kidneys or other organs.
Some people think it is better to extract the tooth, because they fear root canal treatment. Besides, when you have your teeth pulled instead of having a root canal, it is cheaper, straightforward, fast and apparently the best solution.
What about in the long term? I’ll show you why Root Canal vs Extraction should be an easy choice, and possibly the most cost-effective one.
Root Canal vs Extraction
When you lose a tooth, some changes start to take place. First, the neighboring teeth start to shift to the empty place as seen in the following video. This causes some occlusion problems. The masticatory effectiveness is reduced, the occlusal load on the remaining teeth increases, and the temporomandibular joint (the jaw joint) starts to be affected. This translates later to various problems including headaches, digestive tract problems (poorly chewed food), severe bone loss in the area of the tooth extraction and more complicated treatments because of the loss of he original space occupied by the extracted tooth.