Replacement of a very "fixable" tooth with a dental implant is a big deal, especially a front tooth in a brass player. It costs more, is much more aggressive, and takes months and months. I can't get into all the complexities, but an implant and crown will not duplicate a natural tooth in position or function. I think implants are a great substitute for a hopeless tooth, but a tooth treated with a root canal can last decades or longer. Don't think that implants are problem-free and indestructible. And implants and the dentistry on them are far from sterile. Implants are hollow and if you ever took one apart after it was in someone's mouth for a while, it smells terribly when the pieces are separated due to bacterial infiltration. Does any of this matter? Apparently not, because one's mouth is loaded with bacteria anyway. I'm not interested in arguing about dental procedures. That's not the purpose of this forum. I'm just answering a simple inquiry from a young trumpet player who I think could benefit from my honest advice based on thirty-five years of clinical dental experience.