- In Reference extraction, your dentist removes the decayed tooth.
- In Reference root canal treatment, your dentist removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity.
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If your tooth is severely damaged, it may be easier and may cost less to remove the tooth than to have a root canal treatment. If you have root canal treatment, you will need a Reference crown Opens New Window.
If you have certain heart problems, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics before dental surgery. Surgery can cause bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of the body. The antibiotics lower your risk of getting an infection in your heart called endocarditis. For more information, see Reference People Who Need Antibiotics to Prevent Endocarditis and Reference Procedures That May Require Antibiotics to Prevent Endocarditis.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry