Treat or extract?

 

An alternative to endodontic treatment is the extraction of the tooth.

Patients often ask if it's worth treating the tooth - after all, isn't it better to just get rid of it and be done with it' The final decision is, of course, up to you, but don't forget that simply extracting the tooth won't solve the problem. You'll have to fill in the gap with some kind of prosthesis, which comes at a higher cost than the root canal treatment.

 

 

An extracted tooth which is not replaced by a bridge, denture or implant can cause a host of problems such as: 

  - the teeth either side of the gap moving

  - the opposite teeth protruding

  - the remaining teeth wearing down due to overloading

  - fillings falling out of other teeth due to overloading

  - looseness in remaining teeth

  - disease in the jaw joint