When a patient comes in with a broken tooth or a tooth that has decay to the nerve, a Root Canal is often performed. The dentist will recommend trying to save the tooth, if at all possible, to preserve the jaw bone and prevent future problems. However, there are some cases when the tooth is damaged beyond repair, in this situation, a tooth extraction is recommended.

Root Canals

A root canal is the process of medically removing a seriously injured or diseased portion of the tooth. Root canals are the best way to relieve serious pain and make teeth healthy again. In addition to relieving pain, a root canal can also help protect surrounding teeth from excessive wear or strain.


A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. There are two types of extractions; simple extraction and surgical extraction. In lieu of a Root Canal, an extraction may be necessary for broken, infected, nerve damaged teeth. Once removed, a tooth will be replaced, ideally with a Dental Implant, or with prosthetics like a Partial or Full Denture.