Root canal treatments or dental implants is a decision that a large number of people have to make on a daily basis. The good news is that both options provide equal success, the only small difference is that you preserve your natural teeth when choosing root canal solutions.
According to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, there are a number of factors a patient should make before deciding which option is the right choice for them. Speaking to their dentist and discussing the benefits and disadvantages of each treatment is a good starting point. Patients can choose root canal to preserve their natural teeth and then in a few years then can opt for implants, which are permanent solutions that require a more detailed explanation.
The first step to making this type of decision is to understand the process for each of the treatments, helping the patient identify which is the most cost-effective option in the long run that will provide them with good quality teeth they can rely on and trust.
Looking at root canal treatments, these are often the most common option chosen by patients and also the cheapest. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that a root canal treatment is a quick and easy process, which usually entails two visits to the dentist. An x-ray is taken to understand the roots of the problematic tooth, from here the patient has a local anaesthetic to numb the area while the dentist works.
The most common signs that you may need root canal treatment includes pain, sensitivity and darkening of the tooth. Once the patient has been diagnosed by their dentist and the necessary x-rays have been taken, the dentist will anesthetise the area and then drill straight into the tooth to reach the delicate dental pulp and the root. From here they will clean out all the pulp, which includes the painful nerves and blood vessels.
Once the roots have been completely cleared, the dentist will then flush the area, ensuring everything has been removed and the area is clean before sealing it to reduce the risk of any debris or bacteria getting into the root. The final step is to make a false tooth, known as a crown, to replace the tooth. The crown is made to match the colour of your existing natural teeth, ensuring it blends into your mouth seamlessly.
Dental implants are completely different and require that the problem tooth be extracted. The dentist will numb the area and then screw a titanium screw into your jaw to replace the root of the tooth. From here they will put on a crown, similar to that you would get with root canal, it is also made to match your natural teeth and blend in.
The difference with this particular procedure is that you are actually getting a false tooth. Further it can take quite a few appointments before the entire procedure is completed as the dentist needs to ensure that the screw is fusing with the bone to hold the crown in place moving forward.
Dental implants are only possible if you are in good oral health and your jaw bone is in good condition with enough room to accommodate the titanium screw. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s important to advise your dentist, as your recovery time will be longer and you may not be suitable to have this particular procedure.
The downside to dental implants is that there are very rare cases where the screw won’t fuse to the bone, which means that the tooth isn’t secure.