Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

I have a root canal that got infected and is failing, should I restore it or get an implant?

If you've had a root canal, chances are it will get another infection in it and cause it to fail. So now you are faced with the choice of re-doing the root canal and the restoration on top of it or to get an implant.

Choosing a Procedure

Well, just on pure numbers, getting the implant is in your favor. The survival rates of a root canal done the first time is about 90-95% over 10 years.  Meaning 5-10% will fail over a 10 year period.  The survival rates of a root canal done a SECOND time over a 5 year period drops down to about 75-85%.  The survival rates of an implant in a sufficient amount of bone over a 10 year period go back up to around 90-95%.  So in a pure numbers game, the implant works in your favor.  BUT the big downside is that you need to remove the tooth and replace it with the implant.  Some people have a psychological barrier to that.

Dental Implants in Glendale CA

Financially, the root canal re-do and the implant are similar in cost...at least in my office they are.  If you have a situation where you don't know what to do or if you want me to take a look and let you know more about how things will work in your specific situation, then call the office for a consult and I'll gladly go over things with you.

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