Silk Dental – Dentist Macclesfield
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  • 30 Chester Road
  • Macclesfield
  • SK11 8DG

Implant v RCT


When it comes to dealing with a failed root canal treatment, patients may be faced with a decision: should they opt for a re-root canal treatment or a dental implant?

While both options have their advantages and disadvantages, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the key factors to consider when weighing up going for a re-root canal treatment versus a dental implant. We provide both treatments here at Silk Dental in Macclesfield

Re-Root Canal Treatment
A re-root canal treatment involves removing the existing filling material and cleaning out the canals before filling them again with new material. This is often recommended when the original root canal treatment has failed, typically due to reinfection or incomplete removal of the bacteria. Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether to go for a re-root canal treatment:

  1. Success rate: Re-root canal treatment has a success rate of around 85-90%, meaning that most patients can expect to keep their natural tooth for many more years. Here at Silk Dental , we would always recommended seeing our endodontist Afzal, for this proceedure which will increase the chances of success.
  2. Cost: Re-root canal treatment is typically less expensive than a dental implant, as it does not involve surgery or the placement of an artificial tooth. A new core and crown may be required and considered as a factor in the cost.
  3. Time: Re-root canal treatment is usually completed in one or two appointments, whereas a dental implant can take several months to complete.
  4. Retreatment: There is a chance that the re-root canal treatment may also fail, meaning that the patient would need to undergo retreatment or consider a dental implant in the future.

Dental Implant

A dental implant involves the placement of a small titanium post into the jawbone, which acts as a replacement for the natural tooth root. The post is then topped with a custom-made artificial tooth or crown. Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether to go for a dental implant:

  1. Success rate: Dental implants have a success rate of around 95-98%, meaning that they are highly effective at replacing missing teeth.
  2. Longevity: Dental implants are designed to last for many years, often for a lifetime with proper care.
  3. Functionality: Dental implants function like natural teeth, allowing patients to eat and speak with ease.
  4. Cost: Dental implants are typically more expensive than re-root canal treatment, as they involve surgery and the placement of an artificial tooth.
  5. Time: Dental implants can take several months to complete, as they require time for the post to integrate with the jawbone before the artificial tooth can be placed.

Ultimately, the decision to opt for a re-root canal treatment or a dental implant will depend on a variety of factors, including the patient’s oral health, budget, and personal preferences. If you are considering either option, it’s important to speak with Hassan or Afzal to discuss your individual needs and goals. They can help you weigh up the pros and cons and make an informed decision that is right for you.

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