Root Canal or Dental Implant – A Cost Benefit Analysis

Should I have a root canal or a dental implant?

So you have a very deep cavity (decay) that needs more than just a filling to fix. The cavity is so deep it has reached the nerve and blood supply center of the tooth (pulp) and also has reached the root surfaces. Your dentist tells you there is good news and bad news. The good news is you can save the tooth. The bad news is it is going to require a root canal, crown lengthening surgery, a core buildup and a crown to fix it. Not only are you confused by what these treatment options mean or attempt to accomplish,  but they come with a considerable amount of investment of your time and money to correct. It can get rather expensive to save a tooth when the decay has advanced to such a severe state.

Costs of root canal and associated treatment vs. cost of a dental implant

 I am an advocate for attempting to save a tooth. But there are times when it makes more sense to simply remove the offending tooth and replace it with an implant. The implant option can have a better long-term prognosis, save you time and cost about the same as attempting to save the tooth. There are so many variables ranging from the tooth in question to a patient’s risk factors and health that there isn’t a “one size fits all” answer.

There is no one “correct” answer, and each patient (and each tooth) is different

For this reason, it is always important to discuss restorative options and long term prognosis when deciding what dental treatment plan is best for you.

Teeth in a Day

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could have your bad teeth removed and replaced with dental implants and teeth the same day? With today’s advances in dental materials and technology, it is entirely possible to have unrestorable teeth removed and have an implant-retained temporary prosthesis placed all in the same appointment. This treatment option is typically referred to as “teeth in a day”.

The implant-retained temporary prosthesis is attached to the implants so it does not come out. Once the implants have healed and fused to the bone (typically 3-4 months), this temporary prosthesis is removed and an implant-retained permanent prothesis is then constructed.

We can discuss this treatment option at your consultation and decide together if it is the right treatment for you.

Dental Implant Dentures Can “Lock Down” Your Denture!

One of the biggest complaints from denture wearers is the the fear of their denture falling out while eating and speaking. Sure, there are adhesives like Polygrip or Fixadent that you can place into the denture to help with loosening issues. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could just get rid of the “gunk” (like some patients like to refer to it as)?

Dental implants are the most effective way to “lock-down” your denture into place. Many times, the denture itself can also be re-designed to vastly improve comfort, speech and even taste of foods.

For example, the top full denture usually covers the entire palate. Well now the food you eat doesn’t have any taste because the taste buds that are in your palate are covered! An implant denture can free up the palate, allowing you to enjoy the taste of food again!

The comfort of knowing your denture is securely in place when speaking and eating is just one of the many benefits of implant dentures. It will change the quality of your life for the better!


Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best solutions to replace non-restorable (badly decayed) and missing teeth. It is without question one of the greatest advances in dentistry. The joy that a patient experiences after years of wearing removable dentures to finally having a full compliment of teeth is one of the more rewarding aspects of my job. This is just one example of the beauty of dental implants. I have other examples listed here for more answers regarding implant services we can provide you.

I want to focus this blog post on the elephant in the room, the cost of dental implants. For many, the cost of the implants becomes the limiting factor in why they do not want to go through with the procedure. From my experience, here is what typically goes through the mind of someone who thinks the cost of dental implants are cost prohibitive:

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