How Long Does a Root Canal Last? 

A root canal is a rather common restorative dental procedure. Its role is to save a tooth that has been affected by decay or damaged because of trauma. While a root canal is designed to last for several years, certain factors can affect its longevity. 

Here's what you need to know about the longevity of root canals and how to make yours last longer. 

What to Expect During a Root Canal Treatment at Luck Family Dental

A root canal is a procedure that involves removing the damaged or infected pulp from the inside of a tooth. Leah R. Luck, DDS will first numb the area around the tooth before drilling a small hole through the enamel and dentin. Then, using specialized tools, she will clean and disinfect the tooth to remove all traces of decay. The next step is filling the tooth with a special material and placing a crown to protect it from further damage. 

How Long Does a Root Canal Last?

Root canals are meant to save a tooth, so they are designed to last for as long as possible. With proper care, you can expect

your root canal to last between 10 and 15 years. 

Factors That Affect the Lifespan of a Root Canal

A tooth can function properly for as long as 15 years after a root canal. That said, several factors can influence its longevity, such as:

  • The Tooth's Location: Back teeth are more likely to require multiple root canal treatments and have a more limited lifespan. That's because they are exposed to more pressure when biting and chewing food. 
  • The Severity of the Infection: If the infection reaches deep into the tooth's tissues, you may require a new root canal sooner than in the case of a less severe infection. The more the infection spreads, the higher the chances that your dentist misses something and doesn't remove all traces of bacteria from inside the pulp and canal chambers. 
  • Your Oral Hygiene: Poor oral hygiene can lead to further decay and infection, which can ultimately lead to needing additional treatment.
  • The Quality of the Fort Mill Root Canal Treatment: If the dentist didn't properly disinfect the tooth, the infection will slowly spread again and you will require another root canal. 

How to Increase the Lifespan of a Root Canal 

Although root canals don't last forever, there are a few simple things that you can do to increase their lifespan. You can and should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. 
  • Avoid biting down on hard objects or using your teeth as tools. 
  • Contact your dentist if you experience any pain or discomfort in the treated tooth as it may be a sign of further decay or infection. 

Dealing with a Severe Toothache? Call Us Right Now! 

A severe toothache is often the sign of an infection and left untreated can lead to permanent damage, such as tooth loss. We here at Luck Family Dental offer emergency dentistry services, so if you are in a lot of pain, call us right now at (803) 760 7860

For regular dental appointments, you can get in touch with us online. 

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