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.
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!