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Should I Get My Molar Pulled or Get a Root Canal?

Root canal and teeth extraction are both options to help treat decaying and infected teeth. Typically molars and other teeth are pulled when there is extensive decay and disease, whereas root canals are performed to help alleviate an infection while preserving the teeth.

In most cases, a root canal is preferred over pulling a tooth so as to preserve the natural structural integrity and functionality of the mouth. However, if there is extensive decay and tooth damage, simply extracting the tooth and placing a dental implant may be done.

Your dentist will perform x-rays to determine just how much damage there is to your molars and will advise you on which is the best option.

How Long Does a Root Canal or Molar Extraction Take

How Long Does a Root Canal or Molar Extraction Take?

The length of either a root canal or a molar extraction really depends on the severity of the tooth damage/infection, the number of teeth that require the procedure to be performed, and how long the numbing medications take to exert their effect.

In general, a root canal procedure from start to finish can be completed in an hour or so. However, there is no concrete number as each individual case is different, and depending on the severity of the infection, could take longer than an hour.

For a molar extraction, the time needed can be a bit less than having a root canal performed. Most patients undergoing a molar extraction require about 40 minutes. However, this number can vary again depending on the severity of the damage, the number of molars that need to be extracted, and the length of time it takes for the numbing medication to start working.

Do I Need a Crown After a Root Canal or Can I just Get a Filling After a Root Canal?

Whether or not you need a crown after having a root canal performed really depends on the severity of the infection and tooth injury. If your tooth is relatively stable and free of cracks or fractures, then a filling is most likely sufficient.

However, if your tooth is severely damaged, unstable, or has excessive discoloration; then a crown may be needed to help your tooth regain its functionality and appearance.

Of course, your dentist will examine your teeth and provide a recommendation as to whether a crown is or is not required.

How Long Do Root Canals Last?

Root canals can technically last for a lifetime. However, depending on the extent of initial injury to the tooth and how long the infection of the tooth was present before being treated, the lifespan of a root canal could be as much as 10 to 15 years. This is still an impressive length of time, but could be shortened if proper oral hygiene and dental care isn’t performed.

This means regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, using mouthwash, attending regularly scheduled dental check-up appointments, and avoiding foods that could cause damage to the teeth can help ensure that your root canal lasts as long as possible!