If you have a tooth that’s in poor condition, you may be faced with the option to get a root canal or have the tooth replaced with a dental implant. You’ll need to weigh certain factors such as cost, durability, and length of the procedure when deciding. At Smiles 4 Grant Park, our dentist Dr. Abbey J. Lee will help you evaluate each choice to determine which is right for you. Here are the pros and cons of implants vs root canals:
Dental implants have become one of our best options for replacing one or more teeth, but like all good things, they don’t come without their drawbacks.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Something that most people don’t know is that the support of the implant actually helps strengthen the neighboring teeth as well—this is a huge benefit.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
A root canal is a common, safe, and effective procedure. Unlike dental implants, a root canal doesn’t replace your tooth – it saves your tooth and restores its function.
A huge disadvantage of a root canal is that your tooth will be more fragile. When the tooth is “saved,” it isn’t brought back to life; it’s left in its current state. So, although the tooth is functioning, it is still not as strong as it used to be. This means your tooth may require more dental treatment down the road.
As with any decision, the choice between a dental implant and a root canal requires you to weigh the risks and rewards. Neither choice is a bad one, but if you need help deciding which is best for you, Dr. Lee and her friendly team are here to help. We can assess the health of your tooth and gums to decide which option would be the most beneficial for you.