This is a quandary to some. Dental implant is a fantastic substitute for missing tooth . And it’s considered as a second natural tooth.
When trying to decide whether to have a dental implant or root canal, you need to know if your tooth is salvageable ? and if so, the percentage on how much can still be restored to function in your mouth and for how long ?.
When root canal is the better option
A root canal is usually done to save a tooth from a trauma or infection. It involves removing the infected nerve and substituting it with an inert material which can last you a long time. However the root canal leaves the affected weak and brittle, due to removal of the nerve and blood supply. Thus, a dental crown or a dental inlay or onlay is made and be placed over the tooth. This is to prevent the tooth from breaking or fracturing. The great benefit to you as the patient that you have kept your natural tooth, which is far better than ANY substitute, specially if the surrounding structure around the infected tooth ( such as your bone supporting your root) is in good condition.
When dental implant is the better option
On the other hand, if the affected tooth had a cavity under the gum or to the extent of your bone, if there is a fracture on the root of your tooth, or if there is severe periodontal disease and not enough support for your tooth, then there is possibility of extracting the tooth and having implant tooth might be a good idea. Having a tooth that doesn’t have a positive long-term prognosis may require a dental implant. Dental implant is a surgical procedure, and the rate of success is fairly good, however depending on the past medical history and in times due to certain occlusion (bite), not everyone is a candidate for dental implant.
Per Dr Anthony Mobasser, usually it is best to keep your natural teeth as long as possible, and if for any unforeseen reason your tooth is hopeless beyond repair, then implant treatment planning should come to picture!
Before considering either a dental implant or a root canal, it’s best to ask your dentist about the risks and benefits of both. You should obtain information about the prognosis of your overall tooth.
Most of the time, the top dentists opt for the more conservative dental treatment, i.e. a root canal. Maintaining what you still have from your tooth is considered as the more conservative approach than a dental implant, and usually if the root canal fails, possibility of dental implant prevails.
the Best Dentists will always try to save their patients’ teeth. For you, it’s better to have your own teeth than an artificial one, even though an implant is considered as close to a real tooth.
Dental implants require a bit more work. the complete restoration of teeth implants can take from two to six months, depending on how your bone heals. The overall procedure is painless but it still requires surgery to remove the tooth and placing the implant.
Because your tooth must be evaluated first before deciding about its restoration, it’s essential that your dentist be an experienced one. In this way, proper judgment can be implemented. Dr Anthony Mobasser is an expert dentist with 30 years of experience in full mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry, in which he treats other dentists or Doctors who trust their oral health to him and his decisions.
Root canal treatment offers longer-lasting solution compared to dental implant that removes diseased tooth and replaces it with a bridgework. However, the decision to have the root canal to save your tooth or extract and place tooth implant depends on the existing condition of your tooth structure and advise from an expert dentist.
You may contact Dr Anthony Mobasser at 310-550-0383 for your one and one consult to discuss root canal vs dental implant.