Is it better to save a tooth or pull it out? Learn about the pros and cons of getting a crown vs. pulling a tooth and make an informed decision. Read more on Swish Dental.
If you have an infection and pain in a tooth, the easiest solution may seem like it is to pull the tooth. Although removing the tooth may be the easiest choice, it may not be the best choice. There are many benefits for people to try and save their natural teeth and it is important to consider some of those benefits before making a decision.
What exactly are the benefits of saving your teeth?
There are many legitimate reasons to hang on to your natural teeth for as long as possible. If issues of decay and infection are impacting your teeth it can be difficult and force you to decide on whether or not to pull your tooth or save it. Many times the answer is a root canal as it directly attacks the problem by cleaning the inflamed or infected area. Once the interior of the tooth is clean, the natural tooth is filled with a special substance for strength
The root canal not only eliminates the pain but also the recovery time is generally rather quick. Best of all you save your tooth!
While it is always good to try and save a tooth, there are certain circumstances that make extracting a tooth the better option. If a tooth is cracked, especially if it is cracked in several places and/or below the gumline, completely removing it may be required. In other situations the tooth may be too weak to be restored and therefore may be better to have it pulled.
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