If you have recently had a dental abscess, chances are you never want to experience anything like that again. For some people, the only option that they are aware of which would minimise the chance of the infection recurring is an oral extraction

But there is another option which for some reason is not as popular, even though the advantages are greater. We are talking of course about endodontics and the root canal.

At Smile 4 U, our dentist Herne Hill has helped many of our patients restore their smiles after an abscess using a root canal. We have seen its advantages first-hand and can assure you that there is nothing to be concerned about.

So, with that in mind, what are some of the advantages that you can have from a root canal that extraction cannot deliver? Our dentist Herne Hill provides the following insight into why a root canal might be preferable to an extraction..


Firstly, it is worth noting that abscesses commonly occur on the molar teeth in the mouth. So these are usually out of sight, making extraction a more viable option for many. However, suppose you have been unlucky and your abscess has occurred under one of your front teeth; you are less likely to want to have that tooth removed. Our dentist Herne Hill can provide you with a root canal, which will preserve the aesthetics of the tooth provided that it is not too badly decayed. While you may have heard rumours that a root canal will change the shade of your tooth, this is not the case.

Strengthens teeth

A tooth that has succumbed to decay to the level of a dental abscess is going to need a bit of support. And the work that we can provide alongside a root canal can certainly achieve that. We may decide to pair the root canal with either a large filling or a crown, which will strengthen the tooth. It is worth noting that the tooth may also be weakened by the root canal, for which we will offer either a crown, filling or even a veneer to strengthen it.

Prevents cavities

Many patients are unaware that if you have a missing tooth, you are at a higher risk of tooth decay or gum disease. This is due to the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth; it can harbour bacteria, which may be out of reach of a brush.

By avoiding an extraction, our team can help you to maintain the health of your mouth with a root canal. Just be sure to brush and floss as you always do, and of course, to attend biannual check-ups with our team.


When you have had a root canal fitted, there is a high chance that you were suffering from an oral abscess. The easiest way to prevent the infection from spreading is with a root canal. This process removes the infected debris and thus prevents the infection from spreading to the surrounding soft tissue or other teeth. Making it more hygienic than an extraction.

Long lasting

When you have had a root canal fitted, you will need to brush your teeth and floss every day to ensure that the tooth itself stays healthy. You also need to see our team twice a year. If you adhere to this, your root canal will likely last the rest of your life without issue.


All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.