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Drs. Smith and Domingue
200 Beaullieu Drive Bldg. 2 Lafayette, LA 70508

Why should I have root canal therapy instead of an extraction?

Dentist Working on Patient | Dentists in LafayetteDrs. Smith and Domingue are experts when it comes to root canal therapy and have performed hundreds of successful root canals for their patients.

When Root Canals Are Necessary

When patients consider the cost of a root canal combined with a crown, which is sometimes necessary after root canal therapy, they sometimes consider having an extraction instead. An extraction is really a last resort because the consequences of tooth loss are dramatic.

When you lose a tooth, it leaves a gap in your smile. Because nothing is there, your remaining teeth could begin to tip, tilt, or shift, creating problems with your bite. Additionally, your teeth act like anchors in your jawbone. Your teeth and jawbone work together to provide stability. When you lose a tooth, your bone may begin to reabsorb in that area. That means the opposing and adjacent teeth could be put at risk because their foundation becomes unstable.

Tooth Replacement in Lafayette After Extraction

If you do have a tooth extracted to save money, you will likely find out that tooth replacement is often more expensive than saving a tooth. It is almost always better and more affordable to save your natural tooth, when possible.

If you do require an extraction, we offer reliable tooth replacement options including dental implants. Dental implants provide aesthetic and functional advantages over other tooth replacement options.
 

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