Dental Crown or Dental Extraction?

CrownA dental extraction is a dental procedure that involves removing a severely damaged tooth. A root canal is a procedure that involves the process of saving the decaying root. If the nerve is preserved, the dentist fills the cavity. In case the dentist fails to save the teeth due to the extent of damage, they might suggest complete tooth extraction. Artificial teeth then fill the gap left by extracted teeth.

Dental Extraction or Root Canal?

What is a root canal?

The root canal is a medical procedure that treats damaged or decaying teeth. During this process, the dentist drills a hole through the top of the tooth and removes the infected pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer of a tooth. After we fill and clean the tooth, we will shape and pack the canal with a permanent material and sometimes with a supporting material known as "post." The dentist will then fill the cavity in order to seal the tooth.

You may experience some minor discomfort or a dull or sharp pain for a while after a root canal. However, your dentist will prescribe an over-the-counter painkiller to help manage the pain and discomfort. If the pain persists, you must rush to the dentist and seek consultation.

A root canal helps retain your real tooth. WIth a tooth extraction, you will lose the entire tooth and then have to find a suitable form of replacement tooth that will only raise the overall cost. A root canal procedure saves as much of the tooth as possible and prevents the need to go through more procedures for a replacement tooth.

What is teeth extraction?

Tooth extraction is the complete removal of a damaged tooth. It is performed when a tooth is mal-positioned or damaged beyond repair. You may have heard how so many people have their wisdom extracted because of overcrowding.

There are two types of tooth extraction processes standard and surgical. Normal tooth extraction is performed on teeth that are visibly damaged, and the treatment is done by dentists. But a surgical extraction is performed by an oral surgeon, in case of an invisible or hard to reach complication within the tooth, such as an impacted wisdom tooth extraction.

While a tooth extraction may only one sitting, it takes two weeks to heal. It is normal to have light bleeding and a small amount of swelling for the 24 hours following the extraction. During this time, you should stick to soft and cold foods like ice creams.

Your decision

After examining your tooth, your dentist will make appropriate treatment suggestion for you, if you have concerns regarding either of the procedures, discuss them with the dentist, or ask for a second opinion if you want.

What’s the real story?

Request a dental appointment here: https://www.beltrandentalsurgery.com or call Beltran Dental Surgery at (813) 430-0930 for an appointment in our Temple Terrace dental office.

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