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.

But, did you know that a tooth that’s had root canal therapy could need the treatment again. Fortunately, if you keep up with your oral health, you’ll be less likely to need retreatment. 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.

Root canal therapy is often necessary after infection or decay reaches the center of your tooth. Also, you could need retreatment if the same issues reoccur. In other words, if your tooth doesn’t heal properly after root canal therapy—which only occurs in about three percent of all cases—you may need to have the problem resolved again. Similarly, if you crack your tooth or if your tooth is decayed again, you could need retreatment.

Finally, please don’t 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 West Jordan Dental Office. Dr. Powell and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.