A common concern of patients referred for root canals is how long they will last. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “Your restored tooth after root canal therapy could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However, regular checkups are necessary. As long as the root(s) of a treated tooth are nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy.”
What impacts lifespan of root canals?
- Early detection and treatment: The earlier (before the infection gets to your bone) your dentist treats the tooth, the better the outcome.
- Quality of treatment: A significant percentage of root canal failure is linked to the fact that it was not done properly in the first place.
- Missed canals: There may have been canals that were missed during the initial treatment.
- Improper tooth restoration: This could have been incomplete, not properly done or not done at all after the initial root canal treatment.
- Worn out restoration: A previous restoration has worn out leading to infection.
- Gum disease: Severe gum disease could also lead to infection of the root canals.
Watch this video to learn more about what causes a root canal to be redone.
Find an experienced dentist to do your root canals. Follow up with dental visits at least twice a year to ensure everything is in order. Earlier detection and timely treatments are critical to maintaining good oral health.