How Root Canal is Better Than Tooth Extraction

Decayed or infected teeth can cause gum swelling, tooth discoloration, and intense pain when you chew or apply pressure to the affected tooth. You may also experience persistent pain and prolonged sensitivity to cold and hot food and drinks. A root canal can relieve your symptoms and save the affected tooth. This relatively common procedure helps more than 15 million patients save their natural teeth every year.

The term “root canal” is commonly used to describe the procedure that treats infections that occur in the root canal of an affected tooth. A root canal is the hollow section of your tooth that leads from the top of your tooth to the tip of the root. It contains blood vessels, nerve tissue, and other cells called pulp. While the treatment is called a root canal, it’s technically endodontic therapy. 

You need a thorough dental examination to determine whether your damaged tooth qualifies for a root canal. Robert Berger, DDS, of Berger Family Dental in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, has the experience and expertise necessary to assess the condition of your affected tooth.

Dr. Berger specializes in helping patients avoid extraction and save their natural teeth with root canal therapy. The team at Berger Family Dental provides professional, caring treatment to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your treatment and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Find out more about why you should choose a root canal over tooth extraction whenever possible.


Root canal therapy involves cleaning dead or diseased pulp from the root canal and then filling the empty canal to seal it. This eliminates infection without affecting the function of the tooth. In the final step, Dr. Berger adds a crown or filling to protect the repaired tooth so it can function normally for the rest of your life. Treatment typically requires between one and three office visits. 

In contrast, tooth extraction can involve more follow-up appointments and involved, costly work. Often, an extraction alone doesn’t resolve your dental problems, and is only the first step before a restoration like a bridge or implant.


The gap in your teeth left by extraction creates an imbalance in the natural structure of your mouth. When a tooth is removed, your facial muscles, teeth, and nerves naturally compensate for the missing tooth. Your remaining teeth will gradually move into the gap. This movement can weaken your remaining teeth and create gaps in your gums as the teeth move.

Root canal therapy allows your teeth to remain in their natural positions. Doing so keeps the natural line and strength of your jaw. This allows you to have a normal biting force. It also avoids compromising the health of your adjacent teeth which can occur with replacement options like bridges.


Despite common myths about the pain of root canal therapy, state-of-the-art techniques and effective anesthesia can make the treatment virtually painless. The procedure is less invasive than a tooth extraction, which involves surgery below the gumline. Patients who undergo root canal therapy are six times more likely to describe the procedure as painless than those who have a tooth extracted.

You can also expect less post-procedure pain with a root canal versus an extraction. For most patients, recovery time for root canal therapy is typically shorter than what’s common with an extraction. 

Don’t suffer from tooth pain another day. Delaying treatment can compromise the health of your damaged or infected tooth and your entire mouth. Schedule an appointment online or call our office to arrange a dental examination. 

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