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There are many ways to take care of damaged or infected teeth. Depending on the severity of the damage or infection, you may need an extraction or root canal.

However, both of those procedures presents upside and risk you need to understand before undergoing either of them. Let’s look at what those are.


Generally, a tooth is only extracted when your dentist doesn’t believe there’s a chance to save it. If the tooth is so far gone that the pulp is dead, or there’s almost no living pulp left, that may be an instance when you’ll have it pulled. The tooth will then be replaced with an implant, bridge, or other forms of cosmetic dentistry to give you back a functioning smile.

Root Canals

Root canals are performed on teeth that have a chance of living, even after the infected pulp is removed. The procedure involves your dentist removing infected pulp, then fixing the top of your tooth with a crown to restore it to its proper function.

Our team here at Merrill Ranch Family Dental Center can help you make the decision that’s best for your oral health. If you need any help or more information about the two procedures, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at 520-413-9714 and schedule an appointment.