Choosing Between a Root Canal and Extraction
When a tooth accumulates a severe amount of decay, there are sometimes only two choices that you have: root canal therapy or the extraction solution. An experienced specialist is ready to provide you with either service, and he or she will do it with the highest level of precision and professionalism. You have to consider a few things before you choose whether you will ask for an extraction or root canal. Here are the areas you’ll need to consider before you make a final decision:
Your budget is going to be your first area of consideration before you decide between the two procedures. Root canal therapy may be five times the cost of an extraction or more. You’ll need to check with your insurance company to see how much of the procedure they can cover. Then, closely review your income and obligations so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to go ahead and get the root canal or opt for the extraction because it may be more affordable. Keep in mind that third-party finance companies do provide advances for people who need dental work. You may be able to get your procedure financed and then repay the advance in low monthly payments.
The Location of the Tooth
The location of the tooth will play a role in your decision in terms of bite strength. If your problem is in one of the molars, you may want to do what you can to keep it because it supports your bite. Speak with a specialist about how removing that particular tooth will affect you, and then ponder it yourself. Do not make any rash decisions.
The cosmetic aspect is another area you should review. Are you a customer-facing employee? Does the idea of having a missing tooth bother you? If so, you may want to strongly consider the root canal. However, you do have some alternatives like partial dentures if you do decide to go the way of the extraction. They will not give you the support that an intact took can give, however.
Possible Future Treatments
Extractions do not need special treatment and a plethora of follow-ups they’re done. Root canals need maintenance or they can fall apart. Consider the time and the costs of revisiting after you have someone do the procedure.
No matter what decision you make, the team at Mesa Dental will be right by your side to help you. All you need to do is call and ask for a consultation to discuss your options.