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Do you ever hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist because you know—or even think—there’s a chance you could need root canal treatment? If you do, you aren’t alone.

In fact, root canals have a bad reputation because of the way they used to be done. Luckily, modern advancements have made the treatment much more pleasant. In fact, most patients who have had root canal therapy say it is a mostly painless procedure—often comparing it to having a cavity filled.

And yet, some people seem to think having their tooth extracted is the better option. Usually this is because root canal therapy has a bad reputation for being extremely painful. However, most patients who have gone through the treatment say it is mostly painless.

In essence, pain shouldn’t scare you away from root canal therapy: but other factors should be considered. For example, after root canal therapy your tooth will function as normal. Conversely, if a tooth is extracted, you’ll need a restorative treatment like a crown or a bridge to complete your smile and to make simple acts like chewing and speaking comfortable. Sadly, these restorations are for more expensive than root canal therapy, and because they may eventually need to be replaced, you could pay for them more than once.

Alternatively, you could simply choose to have the tooth removed and not replaced. But this is not the best approach. Aside from leaving a cosmetically unappealing gap in your smile, having a missing tooth can make your teeth shift. Having gaps in your smile will also make your smile more difficult to clean and leave you more susceptible to gum disease.

In our opinion—and in the opinion of most dentists—having root canal therapy is a better option whenever it’s possible. If you would like to learn more about why root canal therapy is your better option, feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.