Root Canal vs. Implants

Smiling woman with a stylish haircutIf you have a severely damaged tooth, you may be wondering about a root canal vs. implants. Our Brookline dentist, Dr. Daniel Whiteman, performs root canal therapy and dental implant placement procedures, and he can advise you on what the best procedure will be for the condition of your teeth. No matter which procedure you ultimately select, we will provide you with minimal discomfort treatment and outstanding cosmetic results. Contact Whiteman Dental Associates today to learn more about our treatment options and how Dr. Whiteman can restore your smile.

About Root Canal Therapy

If you have a dental infection that has reached the roots of your tooth, Dr. Whiteman may recommend root canal therapy. Prior to treatment, he will thoroughly numb your teeth and gums. If you do not respond to standard local anesthesia, we also offer some specialized medications that may be more suited to your needs. During root canal therapy, Dr. Whiteman will use gentle techniques to minimize discomfort. He will clean out the root canals of your tooth to remove all bacteria. Then Dr. Whiteman will fill the root canals with a rubber compound, and top the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. In most cases, you will enjoy immediate dental function after treatment.

About Dental Implants

If your tooth is too damaged for repair, dental implants may be a better solution. These restorations will replace your dental roots and support one or more new teeth. Dental implants are permanent fixtures, and they will never slip out place. Your implant-supported restoration will be custom crafted just for you, and it will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. For your safety and comfort, Dr. Whiteman will supervise your entire procedure from beginning to end.

Deciding Which Procedure Is Right for You

Root canal therapy and dental implants can eliminate discomfort, improve your dental function, and enhance your appearance. If possible, it is usually better to save your existing tooth. Even though implants are durable, nothing can compare to the stability of natural teeth. Additionally, root canal therapy is a faster and more economical solution than the multi-step dental implant placement process. However, a root canal infection may have advanced to a point that there is not enough healthy tooth structure left to support a dental crown. In this case, an implant can replace the tooth root. A dental implant will provide a stable base for a tooth restoration, and it will prevent jawbone degeneration.

Dr. Whiteman is experienced in root canal therapy and dental implant surgery. He has undergone extensive training in both procedures, and he uses the most precise imaging technology to plan and perform your treatment. Thanks to this background, he is uniquely qualified to determine which treatment is most suited to your needs.

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If you are suffering from a toothache or an otherwise damaged tooth, we can relieve your discomfort and restore your smile. Contact us today to learn more about our treatments and which one is right for you.

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