Root Canal or Extraction
Dental decay can have a major negative impact on the tooth and even lead to tooth loss. However, if caught early, decay can be treated quickly with tooth-colored fillings.
If the infection spreads to the inner pulp, root canal therapy can still save the tooth. But if not treated at all, extraction may be necessary to protect the rest of the smile and your body from the infection.
Dr. Joseph LoPinto provides all of these services. With a thorough examination, he can determine whether root canal therapy or extraction is the best method of treating a severe dental infection.
Root Canal Therapy
This endodontic treatment is provided for patients with the dental infection which has reached the inner tooth pulp, causing extreme pain. The pain you feel is due to the decay that has impacted the dental pulp, which keeps your tooth alive, and the tooth roots. The goal of root canal therapy is to remove the infected tissue, clean the whole chamber and roots, and seal it to prevent any further decay.
The procedure begins with numbing the site with local sedatives. Our dentist will then access the infection through the top of the tooth. A dental crown is then placed to restore the structure of the treated tooth.
Root canal therapy is costly due to the extent of the procedure and the type of restoration material chosen, such as porcelain or zirconia. However, root canal therapy is the only treatment that saves the natural tooth.
Extractions are a common procedure for children who have existing baby teeth that are preventing adult teeth from emerging, and for adults with impacted wisdom teeth, or teeth with major decay. This procedure is necessary if the doctor deems the tooth unsalvageable. Extracting the tooth is the only way to prevent further infection, as well as alleviate pain by removing your source of discomfort.
Extraction is done with sedation or local anesthetics so that you do not feel any pain. Unlike root canal therapy, extractions are not as expensive. However, extractions do not save your natural tooth. Once the tooth is lost, a replacement is needed to restore function and aesthetics to your smile.
It is important to treat dental decay and infection. Schedule a visit with Dr. Joseph LoPinto to learn more about how we can maintain your oral health.