Which is better tooth extraction or root canal

While there’s no doubt that extraction can be a less expensive option than root canal therapy, it’s not always the best treatment. So if you’re faced with a decision between tooth extraction or root canal, here are some things to keep in mind:

When is tooth extraction is used?

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Extraction is usually used on a tooth that’s so badly damaged it can’t be repaired. If you have a tooth that’s so badly damaged, extraction is usually the best choice.

If you have severe tooth decay, fractured tooth, an impacted tooth, severe gum disease, or dental injuries extraction may be necessary.

When is root canal therapy is used?

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Root canal therapy is most often used on a tooth that still has healthy pulp and can be saved. This means the gum tissue around your tooth has not been damaged, but there’s an infection in the pulp (the inside of your tooth).

To treat this type of problem, a dentist will remove infected tissue from inside the root canal with instruments like dental drills, files, or lasers. The cavity left behind is filled with silicone rubber called gutta-percha, which seals off any remaining bacteria from entering your bloodstream again.

A root canal is the treatment of choice in most cases

If your tooth has been damaged, then you may need to have it extracted. A root canal therapy is the treatment of choice in most cases, but tooth extraction may be best for certain situations.

If a patient has suffered an injury or trauma which has caused significant decay within their teeth structure, they should seek treatment quickly before further complications develop into more serious problems such as infection or abscesses building up inside them over time due to poor hygiene habits!

Steps involved in the treatment

Root canal therapy involves multiple steps, including removing infected material from inside the tooth and then cleaning and sealing the hollow space before re-filling it and sealing it with a crown. Root canal therapy involves multiple steps, including removing infected material from inside the tooth and then cleaning and sealing the hollow space before re-filling it and sealing it with a crown.

The dentist will remove the infected pulp from your tooth by drilling into its center. This allows them to reach inside your mouth and remove any bacteria that have accumulated there. Once this has been completed, they’ll clean it with an antibacterial solution (to reduce the risk of infection). They’ll also take X-rays so they can be sure no other areas in your mouth need treatment as well! Then they’ll place temporary fillings in each quadrant so you don’t have any pain while waiting for permanent ones later on once all healing processes are complete.”

If you have a damaged tooth

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If you have a damaged tooth, talk to your dentist about whether root canal therapy or extraction would be a better option for you.

Root canal therapy is a treatment to repair damage to the pulp (nerve) at the center of the tooth. It’s generally considered superior to extraction because it allows for fewer complications and longer times between visits. However, it does require more time and effort from both parties involved in treatment—the patient and their dentist—which may not make it ideal if cost savings are needed.


We hope this article has been helpful to you in understanding the difference between extraction and root canal therapy. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Author Bio: Dr. Amrita Jain is a practicing dental surgeon since 4 years. She completed her B.D.S in 2016 and was has been a rank holder throughout her course. She suggests “Holistic dentistry is the best dentistry”. Her treatment line follows a conservative pattern which means saving a tooth is of utmost priority and preventing your teeth from getting decayed rather than curing it with a root canal treatment. She inculcates the same while consulting her patients. Apart from her interest in clinical practice, she has developed interest in research and writing over a period of time. She states “It is my clinical experience that motivates me to write and spread dental awareness”. Her articles are well researched with a combination of technical knowledge and clinical experience.

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