Dental Implants vs Root Canal treatment

Dental implants and root canal treatment have been constantly pitted against each other; in the middle of this patients become perplexed on which treatment is better. In some ways this face-off came about as the purpose of these two options clash. Root canal therapy is all about conservation of a tooth which might be dead or dying while dental implants replace teeth and promote the use of artificial materials that could function and appear like natural

Root canal therapy has been in existence far longer than implants and is considered a conservative approach in dentistry. When a tooth becomes severely infected, the lesion can reach the centre where the blood supply, vital tissues and nerve are located. Root canal treatment removes this infected tissue and replaces it with a biocompatible plastic material called gutta percha.  Afterwards, the tooth is sealed and a final restoration is placed on it.

Dental implants on the other hand completely replace the tooth where a metal screw is drilled onto the bone. After a considerable healing period, an abutment and a final restoration is placed. Successful dental implants mimic the appearance of normal teeth and have a very high survival rate.

In terms of cost, a simple root canal treatment can reach $500-$1000 without the final restoration versus a complete simple dental implant treatment that can reach $1000 to $5000. Although both may require multiple appointments, the dental implants still trample root canal treatment as the appointments are both numerous and have bigger intervals in between. Adding to these, dental implants london need more routine dental check-ups compared to root canal treated teeth because they have to be more constantly checked.

Survival rates for both are in the 90 per cent range although dental implants are considered to have more predictable results. Root canal treated teeth can have a lifespan of around 10 to 15 years while implants can predictably last a lifetime if properly taken care of. This longevity is in part due to its non-susceptibility to caries attack as it is made of synthetic materials. Root canal treated teeth on the other hand may be re-infected if the seal inside the tooth is broken. Through time, this tooth is also weakened and can fracture since the blood supply which nourishes it is now gone.

It does seem like these two have their own set of strengths and weaknesses.  However, in dentistry, the philosophy is to attempt first to preserve what is natural before considering extraction and replacing the missing tooth with a restoration.

No matter how good implants are in the way they mimic natural teeth, they will always be second best to the original. Root canal treatment is the more conservative choice and will be the best treatment option if the dentist sees that the teeth will be able to survive for a long time using this treatment.

In some instances the complexity of the case can rule out root canal therapy london.  Some teeth can have little remaining tooth structure, require additional procedures or have structural compromises such that it may be better to have the tooth extracted. Even if the tooth was able to be saved with root canal therapy, its life expectancy will be too short and inevitably, a dental implant will be used.

Predictable cosmetic dentistry dictates that if the tooth is salvageable, a root canal can be performed first. If heroic feats are needed to save that tooth, a dental implant can be chosen to replace it. As with any dental procedure, a dialogue with your dentist will help you understand and choose between dental implants and root canal therapy…read more

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