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A 38-year-old member asked:

Dental experts! what is better root canal or tooth extraction?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kara Rosenthal-Fraiman
Endodontics 32 years experience
Root Canal: If tooth can be saved and restored. It would be much wiser to keep your own teeth for as long as possible..Implants are good but nothing will be like your natural tooth.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
Keep the tooth: All things considered equal, like the tooth can be restored after the root canal without any periodontal treatment, then it's always better to have the root canal and save the teeth. It allows continuing contact with the adjacent teeth to keep them from shifting, and it allows contact with the teeth in the opposite jaw and keeps them from drifting up or down which could change your bite.

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A 29-year-old female asked:

Which is better - root canal or tooth extraction?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
RCT: Root canal therapy... you'll save your tooth and in the long run it will be less expensive.
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
Dr. Alvaro Lazo commented
Dentistry 25 years experience
Keeping your natural dentition is always the best option.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What happens during tooth extraction on old root canal?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Breakage: Tooth can shatter and this makes for a little more complicated extraction. See the oral surgeon only for this type of extraction. Good luck.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Tooth extraction vs (incomplete) root canal. Should i insist on extraction?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
See the Endodontist: Not sure what the question is. If the tooth is in good condition and can be used with a reasonable prognosis (5years minimum) then have the root canal procedure completed. If not, then extraction may be best bet. If the rc treatment cannot be proberly completed, then you need to know the prognosis. See the endodontist. It is critical that the space be filled if you have extraction. Think implant.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Root canal vs. Tooth extraction. What's the difference?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
World of difference: Restoring the tooth versus missing a tooth.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between root canal and tooth extraction?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Here today, gone...: With a tooth extraction the whole tooth is removed, Root and all. It is usually the cheapest, fastest way to treat a tooth infection. A root canal is a more time consuming procedure. the tooth is not removed. The tissue within the tooth and root is cleaned out and the space filled.The tooth then continues to function as it did before the root canal.
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