Why do I need a root canal?

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We know that nobody looks forward to a root canal. And it's fair to wonder why this treatment is necessary. Many patients wonder if it wouldn't just be simpler to pull the tooth. 

We prefer to provide the least invasive and most conservative dentistry possible. It's almost always preferable to save the tooth. In some cases, it may not be possible or helpful to save it, and in those cases, we will recommend extraction. But extraction causes its own set of problems. Once a tooth is extracted, bone loss becomes an issue, and the gap in your smile will cause your other teeth to shift and tilt, affecting your bite and more. To avoid these issues, we'll need to discuss replacement options. In the end, "simply" extracting your tooth could be more costly and much more hassle than performing a root canal. 

A root canal gives us an excellent chance of saving your tooth. Thanks to modern instruments and techniques, the process will be more comfortable, more efficient, and more effective than in days past. Our root canal success rates are excellent. Once the root canal is finished, we'll place a crown over the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function, and you won't have to worry about the problems caused by extraction.

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