A TOOTH SAVED through root canal therapy has the potential to last a lifetime, and we want to give our patients the best chance of that by going over the factors that affect the durability of these teeth.
1. The extent of the initial decay.
We have to remove more of the tooth if the decay was more extensive. A tooth that was treated before there was much bone loss will be more stable after treatment.
2. The type of tooth.
Molars have to endure much more chewing force over time than incisors and canines.
3. Success of treatment.
Many patients get endodontic treatment from their general dentist rather than an endodontist, which makes it less likely that the treatment will last as long.
4. The age and health of the patient.
The older we get, the more brittle our teeth and bones become, which affects a treated tooth too.
5. Good aftercare.
The better a patient takes care of their teeth through daily brushing and flossing and regular dental exams and cleanings, the more likely the tooth is to last!