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Root Canal or Implant: Which One is Right for You?

When a tooth becomes severely decayed or infected, it may require a root canal or an implant to save or replace it. But how do you know which option is right for you? Let's take a closer look at both procedures.

Root Canal

  • Saves the infected or inflamed tooth

  • Dentist removes infected or inflamed pulp from inside the tooth, clean & shape the root canal, then fills it with a specific material to prevent future infections

  • Tooth is sealed with a filling or crown

  • Less invasive and less expensive

  • Have enough healthy tooth structure


  • Infected tooth needs to first be extracted

  • Surgical procedure in which a metal post or screw is placed into the jawbone

  • The metal post/screw acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth

  • Post is usually made of titanium which is biocampatible so it fuses with the jawbone over time

  • After post has fused with the bone, a crown is placed on top to restore the appearance & function of the missing tooth

  • More invasive and expensive

Which One is Right for You?

The decision to have a root canal or implant depends on several factors and is best determined by the dentist. These factors include the condition of the tooth, the amount of healthy tooth structure remaining and your overall oral health.

If the tooth is severely damaged and does not have enough healthy tooth structure remaining to support a crown, an implant may be the best option.

If the tooth can be saved with a root canal, it may be a more cost-effective and less invasive option.

Discuss with your local dentist your needs and preferences to figure out all the availabile options and which one is the best for you!


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