A toothache will leave many scrambling to find a dentist near them. Indeed, the pain can make life pretty miserable, which is why most people will do anything that will relieve it. While there are usually ways to relieve a toothache without doing anything major, sometimes the tooth is just too far gone and will require more serious forms of treatment.

Treating a toothache gone too far can get quite difficult, especially if your dentist gives you an option between a root canal and an extraction. Now, it would be wise not to take this decision lightly as both options have their own pros and cons. To help make this easier for you, we’ve prepared a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. Read on to know more about what you have to consider before getting a root canal or an extraction!


Let’s start with the more straightforward option. As the name suggests, an extraction is when a dentist removes one of your teeth. While it may sound scary, extractions typically aren’t much more than an uncomfortable experience. After your dentist applies the local anesthetic your mouth will become numb. The most that you’ll feel is some pressure applied to the tooth along with cracking and popping sounds.

Now, if you’re a little squeamish, we’re letting you know now that the extraction will cause some bleeding. The bleeding will persist for around 24 hours so you’ll want to be extra careful with that area of your mouth. You may also experience some swelling but this shouldn’t be more than a slight nuisance. If you’re feeling some discomfort take a painkiller and apply an ice pack as needed. The discomfort should only last for around three days. If you still feel pain or still experience bleeding, it would be wise to pay a visit to a dentist near you.

After extraction, you’ll want to start thinking about how to replace the tooth that was taken out. This is important as your teeth could shift out of place. You’ll have a slew of different options when it comes to replacing your tooth. Ask your dentist about bridges, dentures, and implants, and choose the option that best suits your needs.

Root Canal

Root canals are only possible if the tooth isn’t beyond saving. A root canal is fairly simple. The dentist creates a small opening on your tooth to expose the canals. From there, the canals will be cleaned out ensuring that all damaged tissue is removed. 

The canals will then be filled with gutta-percha and the tooth will be sealed after the procedure is done. While they have a reputation for being unpleasant, root canals are not painful thanks to the anesthesia. 

When it comes to recovery time, you should be back to normal very quickly. If you do feel any pain after the root canal, over-the-counter pain relievers should help you deal with it.

Final Verdict

While the choice is up to you, we highly recommend that you opt for a root canal if possible. While there are countless options when it comes to replacing teeth lost to extractions, the difference between dentures and real teeth is night and day. If anything about the procedure worries you, talk it over with your dentist and we’re sure that they’ll be able to put your mind at ease. 

If you’re looking for a dentist in Chattanooga, Shallowford Family Dental is the way to go. We’re rated number one when it comes to general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us to book an appointment!

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