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If you have a tooth that’s been damaged severely, either by a blow to the face or an infection in the pulp (the living bundle of blood vessels and nerves inside your tooth), your dentist may recommend either an extraction or a root canal.

So how do you know which option is the best for your given situation? Let’s take a look at what you should know about each.


Generally, a tooth is only extracted when your dentist doesn’t believe there’s a chance to save it. If the tooth is so far gone that the pulp is dead, or there’s almost no living pulp left, that may be an instance when you’ll have it pulled. The tooth will then be replaced with an implant, bridge, or other forms of cosmetic dentistry to give you back a functioning smile.

Root Canals

Root canals are performed on teeth that have a chance of living, even after the infected pulp is removed. The procedure involves your dentist removing infected pulp, then fixing the top of your tooth with a crown to restore it to its proper function.

If you have any sort of tooth pain that’s been lingering, you need to visit your dentist as quickly as possible to see if you need either an extraction or root canal to fix the tooth. To make an appointment with us, call 928-277-4754 today.