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Infected tooth: should you undergo a root canal treatment or tooth extraction?

An untreated infected, or abscessed, tooth can lead to serious oral health issues. Without treatment, the infection can spread to the alveolar bone and cause lesions or more serious complications.

You should therefore treat an abscessed tooth as soon as possible, either with a root canal treatment or tooth extraction.

Find out if one of these treatments is better than the other.

Root canal treatment: the best treatment for an infected tooth

A root canal treatment involves devitalizing and cleaning an infected tooth. If someone suffers from an abscessed tooth, this treatment is ideal whenever possible because there are fewer potential consequences than with a tooth extraction.

The main advantage of a root canal treatment is that it allows you to keep your tooth, which also means you maintain your ability to chew and level of comfort. This is not the case with a tooth extraction.

Root canal treatment procedure

When you undergo a root canal treatment, your dentist first removes the infected pulp from the affected tooth by cleaning it from the inside to the outside. Afterwards, the dentist will disinfect and fill the canal. A permanent filling will then be placed to cover and protect the unsupported cusps.

Contrary to popular belief, the root will remain intact. It will still be held to the alveolar bone with the dental ligament. After a root canal treatment, good tooth hygiene will be especially important because the tooth will no longer send a pain signal if tooth decay occurs.

Tooth extraction: a last resort for severely infected teeth

As mentioned above, root canal treatment is often preferable to tooth extraction to treat a dental abscess. However, in some cases of vertical fractures or if the tooth infection is too advanced, tooth extraction will be almost inevitable.

Tooth extraction often leads to further dental procedures at a later date. Generally, it is to fill the gap left by an extracted tooth, since the surrounding teeth could move and affect the rest of your teeth. This could lead to jaw discomfort due to dental malocclusion.

Consequently, if you have to have an infected tooth extracted, you will probably have to consider replacing it with either a fixed denture (such as a bridge or dental implant) or a removable (partial) denture.

Infected tooth? Consult an oral health professional

If you suffer from an infected tooth, it is strongly recommended that you consult your dentist as soon as possible to evaluate your condition. Your dentist can provide you with good advice and guidance. Ask any questions you may have. Good communication is essential to the patient-dentist relationship.

If you think you have a tooth infection, the dental professionals at Clinique Dentaire 1935 can quickly diagnose your problem and suggest the best treatment solutions.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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