How Long Do Root Canals Last?

Let's be honest: no one's idea of a good time is sitting in a dentist's chair for more than needed. You just want to be in and out of there as quickly as possible.

But, if you are dealing with a severe dental problem, such as an infection and you know you may need root canal therapy, you may be curious to know how long the treatment will last.

The short answer is that it depends on quite a few factors.

Let us explain in more detail.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a type of treatment required when the pulp and nerve of a tooth have been infected and need to be removed. Oak Park root canals are considered dental emergencies, so if you are in a lot of pain, don't wait until your regular appointment. Call Oak Park practice at (708) 524-0330 and one of our dentists will be able to see you right away.

The dentist in Oak Park will examine your tooth and if possible, they will drill a hole inside to remove the infected pulp. After the tooth is cleaned, the dentist will place a crown to restore it.

How Long Do Root Canals Last?

Numerous factors can influence the success and longevity of a root canal. So much so that a root canal can last anywhere between one and ten years.

The Severity of the Infection

The sooner you get treatment for your tooth infection, the higher the success rate. If you wait for too long and the decay affects a large part of your teeth, then the treatment will last longer as the dentist has more pulp tissue to clean and remove.

Tooth Location

Teeth located in front have only one root which makes it easier to clean. Back teeth are more complicated to treat and more prone to damage and decay. That's because we use them for chewing and put a lot more pressure on them compared to the front teeth.

Restauration Quality

The experience of the dentist performing the root canal can matter a lot too. The way the infected tissue is removed, how the tooth is cleaned and sealed, as well as how it's restored can have a say in how long your root canal will last.

Patient Age and Health

As we age, our teeth age with us and are more likely to fracture or get damaged. Other health conditions, such as gum disease, for example, can influence the success and efficiency of the treatment.

Do You Need a Root Canal? Call Us Now!

No one likes the sound of the words "root canal," but there are moments when they are necessary to maintain your oral health.

And, when you choose Murphy Dental Group, PLLC, you can rest assured that our work is par excellence. We offer comfortable and affordable treatment plans  and can actually help you with a variety of dental problems.

If you want to meet the team, get in touch with us and schedule an appointment.