If at all possible, a dentist will always try to save natural teeth rather than extract them. Saving a damaged or infected tooth is done with root canal treatment and this form of dental surgery is used when:

–  A tooth is infected

–  A tooth is decayed

–  The tooth pulp needs to be replaced

Sometimes a tooth, or the interior pulp, is so badly damaged or infected that extraction may be the only solution but “root canal therapy should be your first option” if the natural tooth can be saved. Find out more about root canal treatment at http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/are-root-canals-effective-for-saving-natural-teeth/.

Dr. Rizwan Khawaja BDS (University of Manchester)

Dr Rizwan Khawaja, also known as Riz by his patients, graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010. Since qualifying he has worked across Cheshire in practices, specialist centres and treatment centres.

As a certified dentist in Inman Aligner treatments, Riz has a passion for cosmetic dentistry. He is also working towards specializing in restorative dentistry in the near future.

In his spare time, he can be found on the golf course or at Old Trafford, supporting his beloved football club, Manchester United.

He also loves travel and considers himself as a bit of a foodie!