Q: Why do I need a root canal treatment? Why not have the tooth removed instead?
A: Even though, extraction is one of the options, if the extracted tooth is not replaced there will be undesirable consequences. The tooth which loses its matching or opposite tooth, "supra erupts" or appears elongated, causing gaps between teeth on either side. This may lead to loss of not one, but three teeth. Another possible effect is gaps appearing between teeth, and the teeth would appear twisted or crooked. It is best to try and preserve the tooth (if possible) with a root canal treatment. At Care for Smiles we usually recommend presevation of the tooth rather than extraction or replacement with a much more costlier options such as implants or bridges.