6 Most Common Alternatives for Root Canal Treatment

Are you scared of dental injections? Don’t you want to keep coming back to dental clinics? If you think there are no other options besides root canal for your tooth decay, think further. This article enumerates the 6 alternatives for root canal treatment.


nurofenThe simplest and most painless alternative for root canal treatment is taking medications. Root canal is done to treat tooth decay and tooth infection. If you are only experiencing pain, pain medications can relieve the unpleasant feeling. But, it should be noted that medications are only temporary remedies and will not eradicate the root cause of the problem. The pain will subside but the tooth decay or infection will stay behind or even worsen.

Tooth Extraction

tooth extractTooth extraction is the most common and most convenient option for root canal treatment. Tooth decayed can either be saved by tooth extraction and root canal treatment. But for severely damaged tooth, dentist finds tooth extraction (over root canal treatment) a better choice of treatment. The bad thing about tooth extraction is that you still have to receive dental injection, so there is still pain. On the other side, the good things are that it is less painful and it is much more convenient as you don’t need to go to the dentist several times for the procedure. Tooth extraction is a one-time dental treatment except for surgical extraction which often comes in stitches for quicker healing.

Nerve Capping or Pulp Capping

nerve cappingPulp capping is a root canal treatment alternative that is quite common among children. Pulp capping is less invasive and less sensitive compared to root canal treatment. The procedure works on the pulp region of the tooth, hence the name. The dentist will drill (clean) the pulp then covered it with a special medicine to arrest further infection. Subsequently, temporary or permanent dental filling is capped over the tooth.

Note: Pulp capping is not indicated for tooth with dead nerves and tooth abscess.


Tooth Extraction can be Followed by Dental Bridge, Dental Denture and Tooth Implant

Dental Bridge

dental bridgeAs what its name implies, dental bridge works by “bridging” the gap caused by extracted or missing teeth. Dental bridge consists of two or more crowns that anchor teeth in between. They can be made of alloys or gold but the most common material used is porcelain.

Dental bridge starts by re-contouring the tooth and do away with the uppermost potion of enamel. This is to provide more room for the crown. Following the procedure, impressions of the teeth are taken. Temporary bridge is worn while waiting for the permanent bridge. This root canal treatment alternative entails multiple visits.

Complete and Partial Denture

denturesDental dentures are removable replacements for multiple missing teeth. A denture can be complete or partial. A complete denture is designed for all missing teeth while partial denture is only used to some missing teeth. Following extraction, teeth need to have a period of healing for a minimum of 8 weeks before denture is placed. Because dental dentures are costume fit, they need quite several appointments.

Dental Implant

dental implantDental implant is an invasive procedure, thus proper planning with the client is essentially important. In dental implant, a titanium post is placed in the bone socket until jawbone heals and tissues grow around the implanted post. When the metal post anchors securely, another post is attached called abutment to hold securely the new tooth (which is made by taking impressions). To make the tooth original, the dentist matches the faux tooth with the natural color of teeth.