"Help! I Have a Toothache! Should I Pull My Tooth or Get a Root Canal?"
We hear that question a lot at On Demand Dentist. And if you have a toothache in San Diego, you may be confronted with the same question: do you want to pull the tooth or save the tooth? That's why On Demand Dentist is here for you. Our experienced dentists can inform you of your best options and help you make the decision that is best for you and your health.
Every tooth and every person is different. For some people, pulling the tooth is actually the best idea, while for other, saving the tooth by performing a root canal might be the best option. How do you know which is right for you?
Start by seeing a qualified dentist. At On Demand Dentist, we charge the same to start a root canal or extract a tooth, so you know our recommendation is unbiased and based solely on your health (not our finances). A qualified, honest dentist will go over all of your options with you including the pros and cons of each procedure to ensure you have all the information available to make your decision. Pulling a tooth is a permanent decision, so you want to make sure it's the right one for you before you sign the consent form!
Next, some teeth simply are not "savable" via root canal therapy. In that case, your doctor will explain why and present your other options.
For some patients, finances are a concern. A root canal can cost upwards of $2000 when all is said and done. At On Demand Dentist, we simply start the root canal to help you get out of pain, but you will need to see an endodontist or your regular dentist to have the root canal finished and a crown put on. Extractions have a lower immediate cost, but the cost of replacing that tooth now or down the road can run in the thousands, as well.
There is a lot that goes into the decision of pulling a tooth or getting a root canal. Make sure you ask your dentist lots of questions and that you are 100% comfortable with your decision before you decide what to do. You only get one set of permanent teeth, so make sure you are making an informed decision when it comes to dental work!
For more information, please watch the brief video from On Demand Dentist, below.