In addition to alleviating the pain caused by the infected or inflamed pulp, there are a few other reasons why receiving root canal therapy is beneficial to the health of your teeth. One of the most important is the ability to save your original tooth. Keeping your tooth instead of having it pulled and replaced with an implant or bridge allows for normal chewing and biting, as well as a natural feel. This also protects the other teeth from coming out of alignment or undergoing extra strain.
Root canal treatment is also a more efficient method, both in terms of time and cost, than having the tooth removed. Tooth extraction requires several appointments to take the tooth out and install a bridge or implant. Receiving a root canal should take at most two visits, limiting the amount of time you have to spend at the dentist’s office.