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Root canal or a dental Implant? Which is better?

Whether a root canal or tooth extraction with an implant is better depends on various factors, including the specific condition of the tooth, the patient's overall oral health, and personal preferences. Here are some considerations:

Root Canal:

1. Preservation of natural tooth: A root canal allows you to save your natural tooth, which can help maintain proper alignment of surrounding teeth and preserve jawbone structure.

2. Cost-effective: In many cases, a root canal is more cost-effective than a tooth extraction followed by a dental implant.

3. Less invasive: Root canal treatment is generally less invasive than tooth extraction and implant placement.

4. Proven success: Root canal procedures have a high success rate in saving teeth and relieving pain caused by infection.

Tooth Extraction with Implant:

1. Complete removal of the problem: Extraction with an implant removes the source of infection completely and provides a new artificial tooth that functions like a natural tooth.

2. Long-term solution: Dental implants are a long-term solution and can last a lifetime with proper care.

3. Cosmetic benefits: Implants can provide a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth.

4. Prevents future problems: In some cases where a tooth is severely compromised, extraction and implant placement may prevent future issues with the tooth.

Ultimately, the decision between a root canal and tooth extraction with an implant should be made in consultation with your dentist or endodontist. They can assess your specific situation, discuss the pros and cons of each option, and help you make an informed decision based on your oral health needs and preferences.

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