While root canals are the most common form of treatment for a damaged or decaying tooth, dental implants may be a better option depending on the patient’s preferences and the dentist’s recommendations. Root canals have a reputation for being painful, and though they are actually relatively painless in modern dentistry, it’s important that you stay informed. Dental implants may be an alternative worth exploring, but which route do you take, and when? Read below as we break down the different treatments and their advantages.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure in which the nerve, or pulp, of a tooth is removed due to infection or decay. The inside of the tooth and the affected area is then cleaned and disinfected with an antiseptic and mechanical debridement, and sealed and filled to avoid further damage. A crown, or cap, is then typically placed on top of the tooth to allow it to remain strong and continue serving its normal functions. Without a crown, the tooth can sometimes become dry or brittle, leading to fracture.
Why a root canal?
A root canal preserves the natural tooth, which is always ideal, and the procedure can typically be completed in one appointment. A root canal is also less invasive than dental implant surgery.
As root canals have a very low failure rate, they have become extremely routine in modern dentistry and have long been the preferred treatment for damaged or decaying teeth. Today’s techniques and up-to-date technology have allowed for a more precise and pain-free procedure than ever before.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a metal fixture that is surgically placed beneath the bone to allow for the mounting of an artificial replacement tooth where a tooth is missing, severely cracked, or damaged. These metal fixtures, are fused to the jaw bone to act as the root of the tooth and provide extremely stable support for the replacement. Once the gums heal, the artificial teeth can be attached to the implant individually or grouped on a dental bridge or denture. This procedure requires surgery and multiple office visits, and can often be more expensive than other dental treatments.
Why a dental implant?
After the dental implant process is completed, the risk of infection is almost zero. Additionally, implants can last for decades, especially with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
A dental implant is an ideal solution if the patient has continual issues with decay due to either genetics or medications that cause a decrease in salivary flow. Dental implants also offer a solution in the rare instances that a root canal does fail or become reinfected. An implant is impervious to decay and can reduce the risk of these complications down the road.
The best dentists can accurately assess the pros and cons of performing a root canal and a dental implant. Be sure to discuss both options thoroughly with your dentist to find out which treatment is the best for you and your specific scenario. Whether you’re in need of a root canal or a dental implant, Dr. Vascimini has years of experience performing both procedures and will work with you personally to devise the best dental treatment for your individual circumstance.
At Masterpiece Dental Studio, your comfort is our highest priority. With over 30 years in practice, Dr. Frank J. Vascimini and his staff offer in-depth knowledge and cutting-edge equipment to deliver exceptional dental procedures and an unmatched quality of experience. Masterpiece Dental Studio is the premier dental care facility in Citrus County, Florida. Whether you are calling from Crystal River, Lecanto, Inverness, Beverly Hills, Dunnellon, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, or right here in Homosassa, Dr. Vascimini and his team can schedule an appointment to meet your needs.
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