Keeping your natural tooth for as long as possible is imperative for proper eating and chewing functions. Endodontic treatment, along with an appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat your tooth that is in need and is less expensive than extracting and replacing it.
Remember, endodontic treatment has a very high success rate and many root canal treated teeth last a lifetime! Placement of a bridge or a dental implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.
There are millions of healthy, endodontically treated teeth serving patients all over the world, even decades after treatment! These patients are able to chew efficiently and maintain their natural appearance of their smiles. Endodontists and dentists worldwide are able to work together to save their patient's natural teeth for a lifetime!
There are some cases, however, where the tooth cannot be saved. In this unique case, your doctor is qualified to offer the option of removal and replacement with a dental implant.