Of course no one looks forward to a Root Canal, but should a tooth be extracted and an implant placed? This all depends on the restorability of the existing tooth. If the tooth is not extremely broken down, then it’s best to save the tooth with a root canal followed by a post and core and crown. A root canal performed on a tooth can prevent the tooth from extraction. The infected tissue is removed from the internal chambers of the tooth and filled with a biocompatible filler.
If damage to the tooth has been caused by extensive decay and fracture, and there is insufficient tooth structure to attach a crown to, then it is best to remove this tooth and place an implant. This decision is sometimes one of the most difficult decisions a practitioner must make.
Remember, each situation is different and time must be taken to fully evaluate each individual’s case. Root canal treatment is fairly conservative with a good long-term prognosis. However, if a root canal has been attempted and failed, or if the tooth is fractured, it’s often best to extract the offending tooth and place an implant followed by an abutment and crown. The cost of both treatments is very similar.