Exploring The Difference Between Dental Implants and Root Canal Therapy

Which procedure is best for your troubled tooth?

Suffering from a severely infected tooth, and having to decide between a root canal procedure or dental implant restoration? This article’s for you!

Both root canals and dental implant procedures have been carefully performed by trained professionals for many many years - with the potential for life-long success with proper patient care.

Now, let’s get into what exactly sets these two treatments apart - so that if ever the time should come for you to choose, you’ll be able to make the most informed decision possible - and make the choice that’s perfect for you and your smile.

First things first: Understanding the difference between dental implants and root canals

A root canal treatment works to essentially “save” the infected natural tooth from being extracted or pulled. This involves our Burlington dentist or an endodontist removing the infected pulp or innermost layer of the tooth, cleaning out the canals, filling with a special material called “gutta percha”, and then sealing the natural tooth with an artificial dental crown or cap - restoring strength and support to the tooth.

On the other hand, a dental implant procedure is performed after a severely infected tooth has already been extracted - serving a purpose to replace that tooth altogether. These restorations involve the surgical implantation of a screw-shaped artificial tooth root into the jaw, topped by an artificial replacement tooth that appears virtually indistinguishable from that of a natural tooth.

When to choose a root canal procedure

In some cases, a patients’ tooth will be so infected and damaged that a root canal procedure is not possible to “save” it. In this case, extraction is necessary, followed by a dental implant restoration that is highly recommended.

When a patient has the privilege of choose between a root canal and dental implant, it is often recommended to choose the endodontic route (root!) and preserve the natural tooth. This is simply because nothing will ever be superior to a natural tooth - and these procedures are highly successful, more affordable than dental implants, and, will require fewer visits and a shorter healing time.

When to choose dental implants

As mentioned above, dental implants make the wisest choice in cases when an infected tooth must be extracted, with no option to save it (or, alternatively, in cases where a natural tooth has already been lost for quite some time).

And fortunately, not only do dental implants look amazing, but they are incredibly durable - with the ability to actually withstand a lot more chewing pressure then dental crowns or dentures. Furthermore, dental implants have the ability of lasting a lifetime when cared for properly by the patient.

If you still need help deciding between these procedures, our Burlington dentist is here to help!

Generally speaking, most dentists including our experienced Dr. Samuel Toong prefer to use the least invasive option whenever possible - however both root canals and dental implants make for incredible and long-lasting solutions when it comes to severely infected teeth.

If you have any more questions regarding root canals or dental implants, or, would like to schedule a consultation for one of these procedures, reach out to our team at Asleep for Dentistry today to book your visit!