In most cases, a root canal is a better option than a tooth extraction. A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed to remove the infected or damaged pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) and to clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then sealed to prevent further infection. A root canal can help to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. In contrast, a tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth from the mouth. While a tooth extraction may be necessary in some cases, it is generally considered a last resort, as it can lead to problems with chewing and speaking, and it can cause the surrounding teeth to shift. Additionally, a tooth extraction can cause changes in the jawbone and the surrounding gum tissue, which can affect the appearance of the mouth.