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Is there an alternative to root canal procedure?

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The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted. The tooth would then be replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These alternatives not only are more expensive than a root canal procedure but require more treatment time and additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.

From: An Overview of Root Canals WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association: "Endodontic Treatment."

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Root Canal From Start to Finish."

MedlinePlus: "Root canal."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Endodontic Treatment."

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Root Canal From Start to Finish."

MedlinePlus: "Root canal."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 1, 2018

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