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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Does an infected tooth need implant?

06/27/2008

Question:

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?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University