‘Save teeth!’ I am a big advocate of this simple statement because once they are gone; unlike our dear sharks and crocs we unfortunately cannot expect another one to grow in its place.
Extraction is the cheapest, fastest and simplest option to get you out of pain, but not if you wish to consider filling the space
The price of a getting a denture
wouldn't be too dissimilar to opting for the root canal treatment- which begs the question why extract it in the first place? You get to keep your tooth as before and don’t have to mess around taking the denture in and out. If you already wear a denture, then adding a tooth
to it is a certainly a cheaper option.
or implant to replace the tooth will nearly always exceed the cost of the root canal
, so where your intention is to seek a replacement, it is better, when the prognosis for the tooth is good, to have root canal treatment and keep your tooth.
You can always have an extraction; you can’t always have a root canal.
There are circumstances in which root canal treatment is not advised, or indeed possible and an extraction would be more sensible. You also need to consider the position of the tooth, if you have any other missing teeth
and your financial situation. A more detailed discussion of the 'extraction versus root canal
' dilemma can be found in our root canal series.