Root Canal Vs. Dental Implants
When you have a badly compromised tooth, you may find yourself having to choose between extracting the tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, or having a root canal procedure to save the tooth. Millions of teeth are treated through endodontics every year. Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal therapy, saves those teeth and allows them to continue functioning without the need for more invasive care.
The two treatment options are significantly different. If you choose extraction and an implant, you will be going through several surgical procedures. After the tooth is extracted, the implant will be surgically placed into the jawbone. This will need to heal over several months before it can be restored with a porcelain crown. With a root canal, only the inner soft tissues of the tooth are removed. The canals of the tooth are then sealed, and the tooth is covered with a porcelain crown. This process can be completed in just a few dental visits.
The success rates of both types of treatments are similar. However, the goal in most cases will be to preserve the natural tooth whenever possible. If you smoke, have poor bone quality or certain systemic conditions, these will need to be considered before a treatment recommendation can be made. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our root canal dentist in Los Angeles.
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