Rockwall Oral Surgery

Implant vs Root Canal: What’s the Difference

What is an Implant and Root Canal?

Before a tooth is covered with a crown or bridge, root canals remove the infected pulp and replace it with a specific biocompatible substance. In your jaw, the root of your tooth is still intact. A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into your jawbone beneath your gums. An abutment and a crown are placed on top of the dental implant once it has healed. Here are some things to think about if you’re considering a root canal and a dental implant:

Condition of Jaw & Tooth

Your options will be influenced by the state of your teeth and jaw. You must still have the tooth for a root canal as there are no roots to protect if the tooth is absent. This means you won’t be able to get a root canal. On the other hand, a certain quantity of viable jawbone is required for a dental implant to be successful. If you don’t have enough bone, your dentist may decide you’re not a good candidate for a dental implant.

How Long Does Each Procedure Last?

Root canals and dental implants aren’t guaranteed to last a lifetime. Root canals can last anywhere from five to fifteen years, depending on several factors, including how well you care for your teeth. Some patients can preserve their root canals for the rest of their lives. On the other hand, dental implants are considered permanent tooth replacements that can last 25 years.

Overall Appearance

The appearance of dental implants is more realistic and natural than that of a root canal. A receding gum line may reveal the margin of a root canal. A dental implant, on the other hand, will seem and operate as a natural tooth.


When compared to a dental implant, a root canal requires fewer appointments and requires less recuperation time. Between the time the post is implanted and the time the crown is placed, a dental implant must heal. This necessitates a series of visits spread out across time. If the crown was constructed before the appointment, a root canal could sometimes be finished in a single visit. 

Dental Implants with Dr. Pollock

Dental implants are an innovative dental method to secure your dental bridge or dentures in place. If you are ready for the dental implant process, contact our office today! We will work with you one-on-one and provide exceptional service throughout the entire length of treatment. Contact Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to schedule a dental implant consultation. We are available by phone at (469) 264-8921 or email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.