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A common dental dilemma we face is what to do with a tooth that has sustained extensive damage or infection. Should we attempt to clean, repair, and restore the tooth to its full health? That seems like the optimal choice, but there are considerations there. Can you afford the multiple procedures required to repair the tooth? Can you commit to being at the dental office multiple times to complete treatment? If not, extracting the tooth may be your best option. Of course, you and your dentist will discuss this together, but here are some things to consider.
Too Much Damage? If the problem you're facing is an infection of the tooth's pulp, and the infection is so strong that antibiotics don't fix it, then your dentist may opt for an extraction. Also, if the dentist feels your mouth is overcrowded, he or she may feel extraction is the way to go in order to relieve the crowding.
Cost. The cost of a root canal varies, of course, depending on the type of root canal required and the type of professional who performs it. At a general dentist, you can expect to be charged between $400 and $500 for a root canal on an anterior tooth, or roughly $700-
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