These two treatment options have their own advantages and disadvantages to consider. Here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, we like to ensure that our patients are knowledgeable about their dental treatment options. Continue reading to learn if an implant is better than a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a restorative dental procedure that is done when damage in the tooth has become so extensive that the nerve of the tooth has become exposed. During a root canal procedure, the decay is removed from the tooth, followed by the nerve. The dentist will then ensure that the central canal of the tooth is clean before placing a synthetic filling to replace the nerve. The tooth is then filled with a composite material in order to build the tooth structure back up, and the patient is recommended to have a crown placed over the treatment in order to ensure that further decay or damage does not occur.
What is an Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium device that is placed directly into the bone in order to replace a natural tooth in the mouth. Implants are an excellent treatment option for preserving bone and mimicking natural tooth structure, though some people may not be ideal candidates for this treatment option, as they may not have the bone density that is necessary for the successful placement of an implant.
Root Canal Advantages
- Less expensive treatment option
- Preserving the natural tooth
- Less invasive
- Faster procedure/healing time
Root Canal Disadvantages
- Treatment has the potential to fail over time due to decay or damage
- Infection may lead to eventual tooth loss
- Treatment can last years if not a lifetime when properly maintained
- Almost exactly mimics natural tooth structure
- Treatment can be very pricy and may not be covered by most dental insurances
- Invasive and long procedure for placement
- Long recovery/healing period
The treatment that you decide to move forward with is completely dependent upon your health, the condition of your teeth and bone, and what you are looking to get out of your treatment. Of course, it is always best to preserve your natural tooth structure whenever possible, but there are cases in which this is not possible, or when the prognosis of the restorative treatment is not ideal, your dentist may recommend that you opt for implant treatment.
Here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, we are here to help you find the dental treatment that works best for you. For more information about implants and root canal treatment in our San Jose dental office, give us a call.