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What are the alternatives if Miami area patients do not have root canal treatment performed?

When addressing an infected or broken tooth, there are times in which Drs. Marlon Pasquier, Sr. and Marlon Pasquier, Jr. of Miami Modern Dental may suggest patients consider the advantages of root canal therapy. Root canal therapy, which is also referred to as endodontic therapy, involves the inner portion of the tooth called the dental pulp. This tissue is often damaged, infected, or inflamed and needs to be removed. The procedure does just that, and then disinfects the inner portion of the tooth and seals it with gutta percha to ensure no bacteria can reenter the tooth. Most root canals finish with a dental crown bonded over the tooth to offer an extra layer of protection.

However, many patients cringe at the thought of having root canal therapy done. They may have it in their minds that it is a painful procedure. Fortunately, it is not. Drs. Marlon Pasquier, Sr. and Marlon Pasquier, Jr. ensure that patients have proper local anesthetics and sedation if necessary to be comfortable before and during their procedure. Regardless, some patients may be interested in learning more about an alternative treatment for root canal therapy.

There is no alternative to root canal therapy with the exception of extraction. Root canal therapy is commonly done to save the tooth and avoid the expense and life-long responsibilities that come with removing an adult tooth. Root canal therapy is much less expensive and worrisome than extracting a tooth and dealing with restorations. This is why it is highly recommended over the removal of a tooth.

However, there are times when root canals fail, and if this occurs, extraction may be the only choice. At Miami Modern Dental, our team will do everything possible to help protect the natural tooth and help patients avoid extraction. There are instances in which extraction may be the only option if a root canal fails or the tooth is too damaged to perform this treatment.

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