Dental Implants vs. Root Canal Treatment

Should You Save It or Replace It?

Patients with a severely infected tooth are often faced with the decision to “save” the tooth with root canal therapy, or extract the tooth (with potential future plans of having an implant placed). But what factors do a patient and his or her dentist need to consider in order to make the best decision?

Well, there are several considerations that must be taken into account by the dentist and the patient. These questions should be explored:

  1. Has the infection damaged the patient’s tooth beyond repair?
    If the infection has done enough damage, destroying enough of the tooth’s natural structure, extraction may be the only suitable means of treatment. In this case, a patient can choose to have a dental implant procedure in the near future to avoid problems such as bone loss, problems with speech and chewing, and to prevent other neighboring teeth from shifting to the area.
  2. How does the patient’s individual case affect the expected success rates of treatment?
    Every patient is unique, and certain cases may pose limitations that will deem one treatment option more suitable than the other. In addition to this, a patient’s ability to adequately look after his or her mouth must be considered. Patients with a limited ability to continue to properly maintain their dental health may be better candidates for a dental implant.
  3. Does the patient have a preference?
    Every patient has different opinions and beliefs about certain treatments. Voice your concerns with your dentist. He or she will be able to answer and of your questions and educate you about your options so that you can make an informed decision if both options happen to be appropriate for your case.
  4. What are the costs of each option?
    Last, but certainly not least, cost is an important factor to consider. Dental implants are typically the more costly treatment of the two. While costs can range significantly from dentist to dentist, a root canal procedure can cost as much as $1400 on the higher end, while dental implants can cost a patient well over $2000.

Both root canal therapy and dental implants have very high success rates. As long as a patient listens to the recommendation of their dentist and is given the tools to make a proper and informed decision, a patient’s choice of treatment has the potential to last them a lifetime!

For more information on root canal therapy and dental implants, contact our Etobicoke dentist today.


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