Patients with a severely infected tooth may be faced with a common yet difficult choice: to have a root canal or a dental extraction. Faced with the possibility of losing a tooth, some people go for the restorative option of a root canal. However, if the infection is too severe, a dentist may deem your tooth as unable to be salvaged. In this case, a dental extraction must be performed.
Root canal treatment refers to both the natural cavity inside of the tooth, in which the pulp is found, and the procedure by which the pulp is removed if it is infected. During a root canal procedure, our Beverly Hills dentist will remove the infected pulp, sterilize the area, and fill it with a protective solvent-like substance called gutta-percha. The tooth is then fitted with a dental crown to replace its function.
A root canal treatment remains the preferred option, because most people would rather keep their natural teeth and it tends to be less expensive. Yet, there are potential downsides to a root canal. There is decreased functionality of a tooth that is dead in all but its appearance. Dead tissue can attract microbes, and they can attack your tooth. Unfortunately, the only way to defend your mouth against them is to remove the tooth entirely.
A dental extraction is believed to have virtually no fail rate. In contrast, root canal therapy can fail or cause complications up to 10 percent of the time.
For more information, contact our expert in root canal in Beverly Hills.