In one of our previous blogs, we talked about some of the common myths surrounding root canal treatment. Although there are many myths out there about root canals, one of the most common is that extractions are a good alternative treatment. This myth comes from a fear that an unsuccessful root canal could cause bacteria to get into the bloodstream and lead to disease, but you should note that root canals have a high success rate, and if you have the option to save your natural tooth, it is always the best way to go from a dental care standpoint.
While there is a lot of attention surrounding the possible “dangers” of root canals, there isn’t a whole lot of information out there about the consequences that come with extractions. Possible negative consequences of extractions include movement of the surrounding teeth (which can lead to changes in your bite, speech issues, etc.), root sensitivity, aesthetic issues, problems with chewing and sometimes even problems with speech. In some cases extraction might just be the best option, but if the tooth can be saved, don’t let the negativity surrounding root canals keep you from getting the treatment that you need to save it.
The moral of the story is that root canal treatment is a very safe and effective treatment, and if your tooth can be saved, you should consider getting a root canal rather than a tooth extraction. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the information provided, please contact us today. We are always happy to help!