Dental Implants vs. Root Canals

Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Tue, 01/24/2012

When a tooth is infected, dentists and patients often face a dilemma: whether to save the tooth through a root canal and a permanent restoration (such as a filling or a dental crown), or to remove the tooth altogether and replace it with a dental implant. Although some dentists have a preference for one approach over the other, our dentists at Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles treat every tooth as a unique case.

Several different factors should be weighed before deciding on the appropriate treatment method, including:

  • The condition of your tooth
  • Your overall dental and medical health
  • Budget considerations
  • Your personal preference

Deep tooth decay – or trauma that was caused by an accident to the mouth – can damage the inner pulp of your tooth, which contains its nerves and blood vessels. In some situations, a root canal is all that is necessary to restore your tooth to healthy, normal function. However, in other cases, your tooth may be so broken down by decay or trauma that it is not practical to restore it with a root canal and a crown.

Our dentists will thoroughly examine your tooth to determine the best course of action, then discuss your options with you in detail. Contact us today if you have a damaged or infected tooth that needs treatment. Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles serve patients in the Greenville, Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, and Wilson areas of North Carolina.