Root canal or extraction?
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Root canal treatment or dental implant?
There are many factors that determine the success or failure of root canal treatment such as: Has the infection spread to the bone? How much of the tooth is left to support a crown? Posterior teeth have 2 or more roots and therefore more root canals. They are more difficult to access and more complicated to treat than anterior teeth. They will require a crown to cover and protect them from undue stress. If much of the tooth has been extensively damaged, a post may have to be inserted into one of the canals to help retain the crown. This post can also put stress on the tooth and factor in to causing a crack. Before proceeding with root canal treatment, I would have a discussion with your practitioner about expected longevity of the tooth. Many people are able to retain their root canal treated teeth for many years or their lifetime, however, research has shown an increased longevity of implants over root canal treated teeth.
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