Do I really need a dental implant?
Extract or save the diseased tooth?
- Keep in mind that once a natural tooth is extracted there is no turning back. The tooth should only be extracted if there is no chance of saving it, or at least saving its root. If you are in doubt about whether a second opinion is possible or if it is worth saving that tooth, you can ask your dentist to refer you to someone else for a second opinion or find another dentist on your own.
- Endodontics vs Extraction + Dental Implant
If the tooth has a pulp affection endodontics is the treatment of choice, a good endodontist can often save a tooth that may seem lost, can treat the root of the tooth, portray a failed endodontics, repair large perforations, remove posts and old reconstructions, perform minor surgeries on the root, etc...
If your dentist wants to accept the challenge of saving the tooth with endodontics and is confident that he or she can do it, the success rate varies between 80% and 98%. The price of endodontics can vary considerably depending on the difficulty and type of tooth (for example, there are teeth that only have one root canal and others that can have up to four). If you are interested in knowing how much a root canal can cost you in order to compare them with the prices of the implants explained below, these are all the factors that you should consider:
Examination and evaluation by the dentist (including x-rays) $50 - $100.
Endodontics (duct treatment) and provisional reconstruction of the tooth $100 - $350.
Definitive reconstruction of the tooth (crown), necessary in most cases to avoid fracture $300 - $550.
Periodontal Treatment vs Extraction + Dental Implant
If the tooth problem is periodontal and has a solution, the treatment of choice should be oriented towards maintaining the tooth and healing the periodontal problem. The most common periodontal treatments are:
Curettes and root scrapes
A patient with periodontal problems has to go to the maintenance indicated by his dentist or dental hygienist depending on the severity of the problem.
Although periodontal disease is serious, proper treatment together with the patient's collaboration (good habits and good hygiene) will allow the life of the tooth to be extended considerably.
- Am I eligible for an implant?
How many times have we heard the phrase "I just need to get a dental implant" as if we were suddenly able to know which treatment is the most appropriate for our oral health problem. It's like our leg hurts and we go to the orthopaedic surgeon asking him about the types of hip prostheses because we've already decided on the treatment we need, it doesn't make any sense, does it?
Only your dentist can tell you if implant treatment is advisable in your case. To do this, it is necessary to study the health of your teeth and gums, the strength and characteristics of the jawbone (by means of special x-rays), to know if there are previous health problems or harmful habits that endanger the success of the treatment, etc.
The important thing to remember is that, although the implant is possibly the best solution to replace a missing tooth, in some cases it is not the most advisable option..