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Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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In this post from Wetaskiwin Family Dental in Wetaskiwin, we are going to talk about root canals, tooth extraction, and dental implants.

When a tooth’s nerve and pulp become infected, we make a judgment call: whether to try saving the tooth with root canal therapy or extracting it.

Sometimes patients think extraction is the best choice. Can’t they just have the tooth pulled, and replaced with a dental implant? Whether that’s because root canals have a bad reputation or something else, we couldn’t say. But we take a different view.

The truth is that extracting a tooth is a traumatic procedure. For one thing, it’s extremely invasive. For another, extractions allow more bad bacteria to get into the bloodstream.

Performing a root canal is actually the better way to go. Most people indeed associate them with pain. But that’s a myth; modern root canals are about getting a cavity filled, in terms of patient discomfort. Better still, they allow you to keep your natural tooth.

Dental implants are state-of-the-art tooth replacements and revolutionary development in dentistry. But it’s a myth to think they’re a better option than extraction. A dental implant would mean more time in the dentist’s chair and a lot more cost.

At Wetaskiwin Family Dental in Wetaskiwin, we save a lot of teeth with root canal therapy. Our services also include emergency dentistry. Call your dentist near you to schedule your next checkup today!