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Why should you save your tooth?

If there is a choice to do root canal treatment to save a tooth, you should consider it over extraction. Although dentures, bridges, and implants are options, many times the best choice is to save a tooth that looks, feels, and functions as your normal natural tooth would.

So if your regular dentist recommends tooth extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option. And, if your dentist says it is not, then ask why, and request a referral to an endodontist for a second opinion. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in saving teeth, and have at least two years of advanced training in root canal procedures. They are experts at diagnosing and relieving tooth pain, and use advanced equipment to treat patients quickly and comfortably. Your dentist likely already has partnerships with endodontists in your area.

Be careful:

  • Never choose extraction just because you think it will be cheaper! Most of the time, if a natural tooth is extracted, it must be replaced with an artificial tooth to prevent other teeth from shifting, and to prevent future dental problems. The cost of a denture, bridge or implant, plus the extraction, often is higher than the cost of an endodontic procedure that could save your tooth for years to come. Most dental insurance plans do cover root canal treatment.


  • Never choose extraction because you think a root canal will be painful! Modern techniques and effective anesthesia make root canal treatment virtually painless. In fact, discomfort after the procedure is generally greater with a tooth extraction. Patients who HAVE experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as "painless" than patients who have NOT had a root canal.