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Study compares root canals with dental implants
Updated: 11/14/2008 4:00:38 PM

Study compares root canals with dental implants Dental implants may require more treatment time or surgical intervention than root canals, a new study claims.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham measured the success and treatment time of both procedures in an effort to help dentists make decisions on which option to choose.

They found that approximately 12.4 percent of dental implant procedures needed extra treatment or surgery after completion, compared with 1.4 percent of root canals.

Commenting on the findings, president of the American Association of Endodontists Dr Louis Rossman said that each individual case should be weighed before a professional decides on a course of treatment.

"While implants may be an appropriate solution for people with missing teeth, endodontic treatment should be the first choice for restoring a compromised tooth," he added.

The researchers acknowledged that dental implants are growing in popularity but cautioned dentists to make sure they clearly explain the risks to patients ahead of time.

For example, the AAE pointed out that some risk factors for the treatment include smoking, bone quality and estrogen levels.

Root canals save more than 17 million teeth every year, according to the AAE.

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