Root canals are a common endodontic procedure used to treat infected or damaged, inflamed teeth. The procedure involves removing the damaged nerve tissue (pulp) from the root canal space inside the tooth and then sealing it to prevent bacterial contamination. Patients often wonder how long the root canal will last and if they will need additional treatment in the future. Here are some factors that can affect the lifespan of a root canal.

Proper Aftercare

After undergoing a root canal, it’s essential to follow Dr. Rhome’s instructions for aftercare. This includes avoiding hard and crunchy foods, practicing good oral hygiene, and scheduling regular dental checkups. Immediately after completion of your root canal procedure, you will be instructed to schedule an appointment with your general dentist to get a proper permanent filling or crown. Proper aftercare can prevent new infections and extend the lifespan of the root canal.

Quality of the Initial Procedure

The quality of the initial root canal procedure can also impact its lifespan. A well-performed root canal by an experienced endodontist like Dr. Rhome is more likely to last longer than one performed by a less experienced practitioner.

Presence of Additional Damage

If the tooth has sustained additional damage, such as a crack or fracture, it may require additional treatment in the future. This is because the damage can allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause an infection.

Personal Factors

Personal factors such as age, overall health, and genetics can also impact the lifespan of a root canal. Patients who practice good oral hygiene, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and avoid smoking may be more likely to have a longer-lasting root canal.

Monitor Your Teeth

As long as the root canal procedure is properly done and the tooth is then properly restored by your general dentist, you can keep your treated tooth for as long as any other tooth in your mouth. However, it’s important to monitor the tooth for any signs of new infection or damage. 

Schedule An Appointment With Your Philadelphia Endodontist

If you experience any pain, sensitivity, or swelling, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your Philadelphia endodontist to determine the cause and the best course of treatment. Looking to schedule an appointment? Please give us a call at 215-375-3117 and we will be happy to help.