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Tooth decay is a serious problem, and if left untreated, it can lead to painful, long-lasting issues with your oral health.

If you let tooth decay go untreated, you’ll likely be faced with two options: extractions or a root canal. While a conversation with Dr. Clayton M. Hansen will help you determine your best treatment option, let’s take a look at the positives and negatives of both treatment options.

Extraction

An extraction is often recommended when it doesn’t appear that your tooth can be saved by a root canal or other dental procedure. If the pulp (the bundle of nerves and blood vessels living inside your teeth) is infected beyond repair, then an extraction is likely your best bet. Additionally, if your tooth is cracked or fractured beyond what bonding or a crown could fix, an extraction then replacement with an implant can restore your tooth’s appearance.

Root canal

A root canal is a procedure that removes the infected part of the pulp inside of your tooth, then covers the top of your tooth with a crown. Root canals are performed on teeth that are deemed salvageable, and they’re a great option if you don’t the tooth extracted or don’t like the idea of receiving an implant. However, some teeth may not be able to be saved with a root canal, which makes extraction necessary.

Deciding on which method to pursue in order to combat your tooth decay is a decision you’ll have to make after discussing your situation with our team here at American Fork Family Dentist in American Fork, Utah. Call us today at 801-756-2809 to schedule an appointment.