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Root Canals vs. Extractions for Treating Tooth Infections
An infection in a tooth presents a dental patient with two main options: endodontic therapy (commonly known as a root canal) and extraction of the tooth. A root canal is an operation that involves drilling into the tooth to remove the infection and protect against future infection, while an extraction simply removes the tooth. Each patient must confer with his or her dentist to determine the best course of action based on several factors.
The cost of a typical root canal varies wildly, based on which tooth is affected and who performs the work. A root canal on a front tooth will typically cost between $700 and $1,000, with molar root canals often costing between $1,000 and $1,300. (This does not include the restorative work that follows the procedure -
The Procedure Itself
For a root canal, your dentist will drill a small hole into the tooth for access to the infection. He or she will remove the infection, then go to work preventing future infections. They may seal the tooth with paste or inject medication into the area to fight infection. Many root canals are finished within a day, but some require follow-
Restoring the Area
Following your root cabal, your dentist will almost certainly place a crown over the tooth. This is done for several reasons: protection, restoration to full and proper use, and aesthetics. Typically, a root canal effectively repairs the affected tooth on a permanent basis. An extraction, on the other hand, often requires some form of implant to close the gap created by the missing tooth. Bridges are commonly used here, or your dentist may have an implant or partial denture created and fitted into the gap. This not only closes the gap, but also has structural function -