I have a tooth that needs a root canal. I don’t see the point of keeping the tooth. Why not just pull the tooth and put an implant in place. It’s still a crown, but I don’t have to worry about anything going wrong with the tooth later on.
Lester H. – New York
My suggestion is generally to save tooth structure whenever possible. However, that is just one opinion. If you had said I just want to pull the tooth, without replacing it, I would have balked quite a bit more. That would completely throw off your bite causing tipping.
You want to replace the tooth, using a dental implant. That could work. Dental implants are a great tooth replacement, even providing a new tooth root.
If you were doing it because the tooth couldn’t be saved, I’d say “Go for it.” However, you’re doing it because you’re looking for a guarantee of needing no further work. There is no such guarantee. You could get a root canal and crown and have no further problems. Or, you could get it and a few years later have problems with the tooth.
The same thing is true of the implant procedure. You can have it placed and there are no further problems. Or, you can have it placed and it can fail and you’ll have to do it again.
That probably gives you no help whatsoever, except to say that many dentists feel it’s always best to save as much tooth structure as possible.
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