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Old 03-24-2015, 11:04 PM
 
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I've had crowns on several root canal teeth for over 20 years and I would ignore the doom and gloomers too. Those teeth are almost as good as my regular teeth, and except for one crown falling off after 15 years I've had no troubles at all with them. I was on my way to the town I used to live in where I had that crown put on 15 years earlier. I stopped in, saw my old dentist and was on my way in 1/2 hour.

Furthermore having the root canal was no big deal, though YMMV if you are a weeny. I fell asleep during one of mine it was so boring, and I wasn't medicated except for the local anesthetic.

Get the crown. Even if I was wealthy I wouldn't get an implant if there was a tooth there already that could be crowned! That's crazy
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Old 03-27-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I've had a root canal. Surprisingly simple and pain free. I had no complications post-op.

You want to save your tooth at all costs. Pulling the tooth, implant, bridge, all cause financial and health issues in the long term.
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:24 PM
 
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I've had a root canal. Surprisingly simple and pain free. I had no complications post-op.

You want to save your tooth at all costs. Pulling the tooth, implant, bridge, all cause financial and health issues in the long term.
So do root canals, eventually. They're not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Especially with molars - the crowns on them can crack, and chewing on them is not as stable as chewing on an intact unmodified tooth OR an implant.

Implants are the most costly up front but if they're done properly can be the most cost-efficient in the long run. Here's the logic behind my opinion:

A root canal might cost around $500. The crown, another 1200. So that's $1700. Ten years later, you get a cavity in the tooth under the crown. Now you have to pay to pull the crown off (the dentist isn't going to guarantee his work for 10 years), and drill the cavity, fill it, and put on a new crown. That's another $200 for the drill and fill, and $1700 for a new crown.

So far we're at $3400 for one tooth - that is now MUCH weaker than it was before the initial root canal. It's still intact, but it's weaker.

Now - 10 years later - the stub that used to be a tooth finally fails. You have to pull it out. That's another $100. You can leave it be - a hole in your mouth, either looking lousy if it's in the front, or not able to chew on that side of your mouth if it's on the side.

OR

You can pay around $3000 up front, get an implant, and if it's done right and there are no complications right away, will last you for 30 years or more. And - you can crack nuts on that bad boy, no worries about chewing or sensitivity.
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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Having an implant to replace a perfectly crownable tooth may save money IF (and only if) your hypothetical timeline of events plays out exactly that way), but is otherwise absurd. You get implants when there is no better option. And in 10 years there may be better options.



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So do root canals, eventually. They're not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Especially with molars - the crowns on them can crack, and chewing on them is not as stable as chewing on an intact unmodified tooth OR an implant.

Implants are the most costly up front but if they're done properly can be the most cost-efficient in the long run. Here's the logic behind my opinion:

A root canal might cost around $500. The crown, another 1200. So that's $1700. Ten years later, you get a cavity in the tooth under the crown. Now you have to pay to pull the crown off (the dentist isn't going to guarantee his work for 10 years), and drill the cavity, fill it, and put on a new crown. That's another $200 for the drill and fill, and $1700 for a new crown.

So far we're at $3400 for one tooth - that is now MUCH weaker than it was before the initial root canal. It's still intact, but it's weaker.

Now - 10 years later - the stub that used to be a tooth finally fails. You have to pull it out. That's another $100. You can leave it be - a hole in your mouth, either looking lousy if it's in the front, or not able to chew on that side of your mouth if it's on the side.

OR

You can pay around $3000 up front, get an implant, and if it's done right and there are no complications right away, will last you for 30 years or more. And - you can crack nuts on that bad boy, no worries about chewing or sensitivity.
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