Often tooth decay and cavities are typically resolved with a filling. Other times, the tooth decay or damage reaches the nerve, also known as the pulp of the tooth. When this happens there are two treatment options available to prevent further health complications: a root canal or an extraction.

A root canal is a pain free procedure which takes between 90 to 120 minutes depending on the patient and the tooth. It consists of an endodontist removing the infected pulp, cleaning the tooth, filling the canals with a rubber like material, and inserting a temporary filling. You will then make an appointment with your dentist to have a permanent filling or crown placed.

An extraction removes the tooth and its root in their entirety. Similar to a root canal, this is also a pain free process. Removing a tooth takes less time and is typically less expensive than a root canal.

However, when the extraction treatment is complete the patient has a large space in their mouth. This can cause issues with a patient’s bite as well as cosmetic concerns, and as such many people choose to have the extracted tooth replaced.

Root canal costs and cost for an extraction with a tooth replacement are quite similar.

Would you like to talk to an endodontist about your root canal options? If you are looking for an endodontist in the Richmond, Virginia area please contact Dr. Jesse Harris and his team at 804.559.3636.