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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants
Does an infected tooth need implant?
I have a front tooth that had a root canal over 20 years ago. I also have a crown on this tooth. I was experiencing some discomfort and my dentist took an x-ray and said that there was an infection, which I clearly saw. He suggested that the best option would be an implant. Are there any other options for me?
Maybe. My advice is to have a consultation with a endodontist. Endodontists are specialists in root canals treatments. Sometimes they may redo the root canal or do surgery to eliminate the infection with antibiotic therapy. Implants may be the last resort.
Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University