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Dr. Bornfeld I wrote to you months back about three root canals that failed in my upper back jaw. You recommended I get a retainer instead of implants as I also have bad sinusitis and am a grinder, though I use a night guard now. Last year I had two crowns put on my lower teeth and one is currently infected, going in for another root canal tomorrow. I wonder if I'd be better to just pull it, as the others failed, and use the money for an implant? Right now I am missing five back teeth.
The Justanswers moderator has requested that I answer your question as Dr Bornfield is apparently not available toniqht. I am Dr Shernan, and I'd be happy to assist you.
If you are a "grinder" and have had poor luck with previous root canals, it is certainly a reasonable choice to consider an implant as an alternative. A root canal followed by fabrication of crown is, statistically, quite a reliable treatment option. But there is a certain statistical degree of failure, as with any treatment. This percentage of failure increases with "grinders" - or "bruxers". Implant supported restorations tend to be very reliable for people such as yourself. I think it is a very good choice to opt out of having another root canal done and opt into an implant restoration.
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