If you or someone you know has suffered severe tooth damage, whether from an accident or disease, that tooth is now at risk of dying or failing. The inside of a tooth is full of nerves and sensitive tissue that keeps it healthy, but when damaged, this can lead to further infection and chronic tooth pain. For Leesburg, VA patients, Nova Perio Specialists offers timely treatment of damaged teeth with root canal treatment or dental implants. Both options solve the source of tooth pain and damage, but the long-term results can vary per patient.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a common dental treatment for a tooth whose root has been compromised by damage or decay. Your doctor will have to access the interior of the tooth, remove all the pulp, nerves and infection, then prep the tooth for filler material. Gutta-percha, a biocompatible material is used to fill the tooth chamber in order to preserve form and strength. Your tooth will then be capped with a dental crown to protect the natural tooth structure and the opening made to access the root. After treatment tooth pain is virtually eliminated.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement solution that mimics the natural appearance and function of real teeth. Instead of repairing a severely damaged tooth, the problem tooth can be extracted and replaced with a dental implant that will look, feel and function just like a natural, healthy one. The process involves placing a biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone and capping the implant with a dental crown to blend in seamlessly with existing teeth.
Comparing Root Canals and Dental Implants
Both options provide effective results when it comes to eliminating tooth pain and treating a damaged or diseased tooth. While a root canal saves your natural teeth, it may require retreatment in the future if the root canal fails. This often leads to tooth extraction. With a dental implant, there is typically less than 2% chance of failure for the lifetime of the implant with proper oral care. They are often considered the gold standard solution to tooth replacement. However, the implant requires more extensive surgery and can cost more initially than a root canal, but the results are often unmatched in quality.
Need Help Deciding?
Schedule a consultation at our Leesburg, VA office and our periodontists will work with you to discover your needs. Make your appointment by calling 571-291-2596 or schedule online.