Dental extractions can be used to remove badly damaged or decayed teeth. However, an extraction permanently removes the tooth from your mouth and leaves a gap behind. While an extraction might be the best option for some cases, choosing an alternative may be appropriate for others. Our Santa Clara dentist can help you decide if an extraction is right for you.
If your tooth is abscessed or has nerve damage, a root canal may be a better option. This procedure, also known as endodontic therapy, removes the soft tissues from the inner chambers of the tooth. The tooth can continue to function as it always has even without these tissues. Once the tissues are gone, we will cover the tooth with a porcelain crown to restore the way it looks, and to protect its function.
Once a tooth is extracted, it will generally need to be replaced. A dental implant, bridge or other restoration can be used in most cases. A root canal is a conservative alternative that can eliminate the need to replace the tooth, though, as long as the damage isn’t too severe to the tooth’s structure. Call us to learn more about extractions and root canals, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental extraction in Santa Clara.