Dental Implants & Veneers

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Comparing Cost and Value: The Importance of Considering Dental Implants as an Alternative to Root Canal Treatment

As a recognized dental implant specialist, my foremost commitment is to prioritize the preservation of natural teeth. While dental implants offer remarkable solutions, they should be considered as a secondary option to your own natural teeth. The key factor lies in assessing the “restorability” of your existing tooth when faced with the decision between a root canal and a dental implant replacement.

A root canal is a procedure designed to address a dead or dying tooth, often resulting from a deep cavity affecting or approaching the nerve. Trauma, such as a forceful impact to the mouth, can also necessitate a root canal to save the tooth. The process involves hollowing out the inside of the tooth and removing the nerves, leaving the tooth vulnerable to weakness, brittleness, and fractures. To reinforce the tooth, a crown is crafted to cap over it, playing an equally crucial role as the root canal itself.

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The longevity of a crown largely depends on the amount of natural tooth structure remaining. In cases where a significant cavity extends beneath the gumline and a root canal has been performed, the tooth may have minimal structural support. Contrary to common belief, a tooth post or build-up does not enhance the tooth’s strength; it merely provides additional support for the crown.

Regrettably, root canals are sometimes performed on teeth with bleak prognoses. Crowns made for such compromised teeth may fail prematurely despite the investment of considerable time and money in the root canal, crown, post, and build-up – a situation that raises ethical concerns.

In instances of severe tooth damage, opting for a dental implant may prove more financially sensible than pursuing a root canal and crown with a doubtful long-term prognosis. While saving a tooth with a root canal is the preferred course of action when viable for the long term, it is crucial to consider the cost-effectiveness and durability of the chosen treatment.

A dental implant placed by a specialist like Dr. Philip Gordon boasts an impressive 98% success rate, in stark contrast to the 40-50% survival rate of a root canal on a severely compromised tooth after 10 years. 

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The decision should hinge on the restorability of the tooth – if it is salvageable with a root canal for the long term, that should be the chosen path, both for oneself and one’s family.

In summary, while dental implants present a viable alternative, the decision between a root canal and an implant should be based on the individual tooth’s condition and long-term prognosis. Investing in a dental implant may offer a more sustainable solution, both financially and in terms of longevity when the natural tooth is beyond reasonable restoration.


Additional Information for Your Oral Health Journey

Maintaining optimal oral health is crucial for preventing issues like tooth decay and damage. Our commitment to your dental well-being extends to providing comprehensive dental care services, including preventive dentistry and tooth preservation.

Our dental services cover a range of advanced procedures such as tooth extraction, implant surgery, bone grafting, and crown placement. These interventions aim to restore and enhance your oral health, ensuring a comfortable and lasting solution for damaged or missing teeth.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, dealing with a damaged tooth, or facing the consequences of tooth decay, our team is dedicated to addressing your concerns with personalized care. We specialize in solutions for tooth loss and missing teeth, offering alternatives to traditional treatments.

For residents of Leawood, Overland Park, Olathe, and Prairie Village Kansas, our dental implant specialist and implant dentist services are readily available. Localized care ensures accessibility and convenience for those seeking expert advice and treatment in the area.

In cases where traditional root canal treatments may pose challenges, we explore alternative options for tooth repair. Our approach includes non-surgical methods and advanced dental technology, such as 3D imaging using CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography).

Understanding the benefits of dental implants and navigating the complexities of root canal treatments are essential aspects of your oral health journey. Explore our patient education resources and guides to gain insights into the long-term advantages of various dental procedures.

We are committed to providing cost-effective dental solutions, including alternatives to root canal treatments. Discover the financial benefits and long-term value of investing in dental implants for a sustainable and lasting oral health outcome.

For more information on our services or to schedule a consultation, contact us today. Your oral health is our priority, and we are here to guide you through every step of your dental care journey.