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Deciding Whether Either a Root Canal or Tooth Extraction is Needed


When it comes to dental issues involving severe tooth decay or damage, two common treatment options are root canals and tooth extractions. Making the right decision is crucial for maintaining your oral health and preserving your smile. At Harmony Dental of West Covina, we’re here to help you understand when each option is appropriate.

Root Canal

A root canal is typically recommended when the inner pulp of a tooth becomes infected or damaged. This can occur due to deep cavities, cracks, or trauma. During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and seal it to prevent further infection. Root canals are a conservative approach that aims to save your natural tooth.

Root canals are a preferred option when:

  • The tooth’s structure can be preserved.
  • The infection is localized and hasn’t spread extensively.
  • You want to maintain the aesthetics of your smile.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction becomes necessary when the tooth is too damaged or decayed to be saved through a root canal. Additionally, extractions may be recommended for overcrowded teeth or before orthodontic treatment. The procedure involves removing the entire tooth, including the root.

Tooth extractions are considered when:

  • The tooth is extensively decayed or damaged beyond repair.
  • The surrounding bone or gum tissue is severely compromised.
  • The tooth is causing overcrowding or alignment issues.
  • You prefer to explore tooth replacement options like dental implants.

Choosing between a root canal and tooth extraction depends on various factors, including the condition of the tooth, your oral health goals, and your dentist’s recommendations. At Harmony Dental of West Covina, our experienced team will assess your situation carefully, discuss your options, and guide you toward the most suitable treatment plan.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or suspect you may need dental intervention, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Our priority is to provide you with the best possible care and help you make an informed decision regarding your dental health.

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148 N Grand Ave
West Covina, CA 91791
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