Do You Need Dental Implants or Root Canal Therapy?

25 Aug 2020  |  No Comments

Tooth decay stages and dental implant vector illustration

If you have a tooth that’s causing lots of pain, or is severely decayed, it’s time to seek dental treatment. With so many advanced new implants flooding the market, it’s common for patients to request their dentist to remove their natural tooth and have it replaced – rather than go through root canal therapy, which is often associated with long, painful processes.

However, it’s important that you get the best possible treatment for your unique circumstance. In this guide, we’re going to look at the differences between dental implants and root canal therapy, so you can get a better idea of which is best for you.

What are dental implants?


Dental implants are a long-term replacement for missing natural teeth. They are surgically implanted into the gum, so they fuse with the jaw bone and create a natural-looking tooth that’s fully-functional.

Implants provide the anchoring structure for replacement treatments such as crowns and bridges.

Dental Implants Symptoms to look out for :


The following symptoms suggest you might need dental implants:

  1. You have one or more missing teeth
  2. Your tooth has become infected or severely decayed
  3. Your dentures have come loose
  4. Your face has a sunk-in appearance, which may be the result of dentures
  5. You have a cracked or broken tooth

What is root canal therapy?


Your dentist may suggest root canal therapy if you have infected, broken or decayed teeth. This treatment is designed to treat an infection at the centre of a tooth. It’s carried out by making an opening through the crown of a tooth to remove bacteria or clean out the infection, or any unhealthy pulp.

The canals are then filled with a material to prevent recontamination from occurring, and the aesthetics and function of the tooth are restored with a protective crown.

Symptoms to look out for:


Look out for the following symptoms, which may suggest you need root canal therapy:

  1. Pain when consuming hot/cold food or drink
  2. Pain when biting or chewing
  3. Discolouration of the tooth
  4. Cracked or broken teeth
  5. Swollen gums or face
  6. An abscess on the gum line

Can your tooth be saved?


In most cases, the best way to determine which treatment is appropriate is by considering whether the tooth can be saved. If the tooth is severely decayed and has little tooth structure remaining, the best long-term option may be an implant.

On the other hand, if your natural tooth has enough substance to be restored, a root canal may be the recommended route for you.

Book an appointment


If you think you might need root canal treatment or dental implants, book an appointment at Marsfield Dental Clinics. Our experts can assess your situation and advise on the best treatment that will provide long-term benefits, and restore the function and aesthetics of your mouth.

Just call our Sydney-based clinic on (02) 9887 1961 or email

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