Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction

If you have an infected tooth, there are two main ways it can be treated: through a root canal, or a tooth extraction. A root canal (also called “endodontic therapy”) is the most conservative treatment, since it allows you to keep your natural tooth. The infected pulp inside of your tooth is carefully removed and cleaned, and a dental crown is placed to protect and strengthen your weakened tooth.

In contrast, a tooth extraction involves removing your entire natural tooth and replacing it with either a dental bridge or a dental implant. This method is used when your tooth is so damaged that a root canal alone will not solve the problem.

At The Dentists, we approach treating an infected tooth with the philosophy that if a tooth can be saved, it should be saved. There is no substitute for a real, natural tooth. Root canal therapy helps you maintain your natural tooth structure and avoid the lengthy process of placing a dental implant. However, if we determine that your tooth is beyond saving, you can rest assured that we will craft and place your restoration with the highest level of skill, artistry, and concern for the integrity and functionality of your smile.

If you have chronic tooth pain or a significantly damaged tooth, we can help you determine whether or not it is infected, and how best to proceed with treatment. Please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough, Ralston Square, and Village Pointe today to schedule an appointment with our experienced Nebraska general dentistry team. We serve patients throughout the Omaha area.

When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should make their first visit to the dentist within six months of their first tooth appearing. Since primary teeth usually start growing in at around six months of age, this means you should plan on taking your child in for their first dental visit by age 1.

Many parents wrongly assume that since primary (or “baby”) teeth will fall out anyway, they are not important to take care of. The truth is that keeping baby teeth healthy is essential for the proper development of adult teeth.

Primary teeth are also important for several other reasons:

  • They help children chew properly, ensuring they maintain good nutrition.
  • They save space for permanent teeth to grow.
  • They play a major role in proper speech development.
  • They promote a healthy smile and self-confidence in children.

During your child’s first dental visit, we will show them around the office, talk about the various tools we use, and provide plenty of fun distractions. Feel free to have your child bring their own comforting toys or blankets as well.

By bringing your child to the dentist early in life, you will not only protect their dental health – you will help them learn that the dentist is nothing to be afraid of, and encourage the development of good oral hygiene habits that will stay with them as they grow older.

If you have further questions about pediatric dental care, please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough, Ralston Square, and Village Pointe today to schedule an appointment with our experienced Omaha dentists.