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If you’ve ever had root canal therapy, you probably know that going through the treatment is better than coping with a damaged root canal. In fact, you probably understand why most people who’ve had root canal therapy claim it’s no worse than having a cavity filled. Similarly, you may know that if an injured root canal isn’t treated, you could ultimately lose a tooth.

Fortunately, root canal therapy isn’t as bad as it once was (in fact it has earned an unfair reputation) because not every root canal therapy is permanent. Please don’t misunderstand, most are successful, but occasionally retreatment could be necessary. Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent damage to your root canals.

You should also deal with cracked or injured teeth quickly, brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist once every six months. During these visits, we’ll inspect your teeth for signs of root canal damage.

You see, if new decay reaches the center of your tooth, the infection could return. This could be the result of your tooth fracturing. Similarly, if your first treatment wasn’t successful—which is rare since 97% of root canal therapies are successful—you could need treatment again.

Finally, please wait if you need root canal therapy, even if you aren’t experiencing pain. If you would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact Irish Road Dental at 810.653.4100. Dr. John Wiltz and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.