Is it better to have an Implant or a Root Canal? This is a good question. Let’s discuss dental implants. If the tooth in question is not structurally sound than an implant should be considered and may be your best choice. If less than at least 1/3 of your natural tooth remains there may not be enough tooth left to restore. A root canal could be completed but the difficulty lies in restoring the tooth with long term success in mind. There is a minimal amount of tooth structure necessary to restore a tooth. If there is not enough to structure left than a large post or strut will most likely be required to help support a crown. If the ratio of the post to crown is poor than the post itself may also weekend the tooth even more. If there is not enough tooth structure left than the tooth should be removed and an implant and crown placed. Otherwise you may be investing a lot of money to save a tooth with a poor prognosis. Our office and Dr. Lerner or Dr. Lemongello can discuss your situation and advise you on your best option.
Is it better to have a Root Canal or an Implant? This is a good question. The answer is…..it depends on the condition of the tooth. Let’s discuss Root Canal treatment. If the tooth remains structurally sound and at least 1/3 of the tooth remains as a foundation to build onto than a Root canal may be the right treatment. In order to save a tooth once treated with a root canal the tooth will usually require a crown to restore it to strength. There is a critical limit of tooth structure required to be predictable long term. If there isn’t than investing in the tooth may not be the best option long term. What also needs to be understood is that this is still your natural tooth. This means that this tooth could decay again and is prone to fracture just like any other restored tooth. Our office and Dr. Lerner or Dr. Lemongello will discuss what your best option is in your specific case.