There are plenty of things to worry about when it comes to dental work. Pains in your mouth might come and go, but they are hard to ignore. Nonetheless, many people foolishly put off visiting the dentist because they really don't like going to the dentist. But it is always better to have your dental issues handled as soon as possible. If you wait too long, a small cavity can grow to the point that you need a root canal. Even worse, you might need to pull that tooth completely and have an implant put in.
Implants Are Better Sooner, Rather Than Later
Implants sound scarier that they actually are. While an implant can be costly, there are some great things about having an implant in your mouth. That is, if your dentist does suggest you have an implant, it might be worth it. In many cases the dentist (or oral surgeon) will give you the option of a root canal and crown, or a full implant and crown. Of course, in some instances your only option is to pull the tooth, and have no tooth put back in. You just have to live with one less tooth in your mouth. In either scenario, it will be the most practical and cost efficient in the long run if you have an implant.
An Implant Lasts Longer Than A Root Canal
A root canal can last for decades, but this isn't always the case. The hollowed out roots will have very thin walls. These walls (still part of the real tooth) are fragile because they are so thin. So, a small cavity along these walls will compromise your root canal and crown. The only options at this point are to have the tooth pulled and do nothing else, or pull the tooth and replace it with an implant. Instead of waiting until it gets to this point, it makes more financial and practical sense to have the implant put in instead of the root canal in the first place. This will save you several thousand dollars (since you won't have to pay for the root canal or two crowns).
Don't Just Pull the Tooth
Most teeth can be pulled and the gum will heal. But if you don't have an implant, you will lose vital chewing power. Not only can this make it harder to chew and swallow food, it can also mess up your bite and give you jaw pains.
Dental implants might sound daunting, but they are well worth it.Share