Root Canals: How Common Are They?

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What have you heard about root canal therapy? Would you be surprised to learn that the treatment may not be as bad as you’ve heard? In fact, most patients who’ve had root canal therapy claim that it isn’t any worse than having a cavity filled. This is good news since root canals may be more common than you think.

You see, dentists usually recommend root canal therapy when the inside of your tooth is decayed. This decay can also affect your roots and your nerves. If this happens, root canal therapy could be the only way to save the tooth—and as you may guess, most dentists would rather save your tooth than replace it. In fact, about 15 million root canals are performed in just America every year.

In fact, there are even instances when a tooth may need retreatment—though this is rare. In fact, root canals are successful in more than 95% of cases. Still, you could have a problem with new decay or an infection after root canal therapy. Similarly, if your repaired tooth leaks, didn’t heal properly, or is fractured, you could need retreatment.

If this sounds discouraging, don’t worry. Not every tooth has to go through retreatment. In fact, many root canals will repair a tooth for life. However, please remember that it is extremely important to have your tooth treated—especially when a root canal is involved. Whether you need an initial treatment or a retreatment, putting off this important treatment can result in the death of your tooth.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact New Prague Gentle Dental Care today at 952-758-3003. Dr. Gregory Dvorak and our team are eager to hear from you!

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