When a tooth becomes infected, there are two possible solutions: root canal or extraction. A root canal removes diseased nerve and pulp tissues, leaving the natural tooth intact. An extraction removes the entire tooth and its root, requiring a prosthetic replacement or otherwise leaving a gap where the extracted tooth once was.
At Irvine Endodontics, we want patients to choose conservative treatment whenever possible. Our goal is to clear up misconceptions about root canals and educate patients about the benefits of endodontic treatment.
An endodontist uses root canal treatment to save natural teeth whenever possible. Unfortunately, many people assume that extracting and replacing a tooth is easier than undergoing a root canal, whether because of a past failed root canal treatment or fears about pain and discomfort. The truth is that advancements in modern dentistry make endodontic treatment virtually painless for most patients. In fact, more than 4 out of 5 people would return to an endodontist for subsequent root canals in the future if necessary
Always make an effort to save your natural teeth. To find out if you are a candidate for root canal treatment, contact our office to schedule your appointment.