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When you have teeth that aren’t healthy, either due to tooth decay, cavities, or some degree of gum disease, you may need either an extraction or root canal. But how do you know which of these procedures – both of which serve a good purpose – is right for you?

Let’s look at both options and the pros and cons of each.


Dr. Zana Alnaqib will do all she can to save your original teeth. However, there are instances in which it’s just not possible to save a tooth. In these circumstances, it’s likely your dead or damaged tooth will be extracted and replaced with an implant or a bridge.

Extractions are a great way to stop the spread of bacteria from a decaying tooth, especially if it appears to be spreading to surrounding teeth.

Root Canals

Root canals are performed when Dr. Zana Alnaqib believes she has a good chance of saving your tooth. A root canal removes the dead or infected pulp in your teeth (the bundle of nerves and blood vessels living inside your teeth), then replaces the top of your tooth with a crown. This keeps the integrity of your original tooth intact and removes the need to use an implant.

Knowing which procedure is best for your oral health needs will come down to the advice of Dr. Zana Alnaqib and which teeth are affected. If you think you have teeth in need of a root canal or extraction, call us today at 480-359-2227 to schedule a consultation appointment.