How Long Should My Root Canal Last?

A root canal, also referred to as endodontic treatment will allow you to keep your natural tooth for decades.  Root canals are likely to last your entire lifetime.  However, every person and tooth is different so how long yours actually lasts will depend on several factors.

One of these factors is how soon the treatment takes place after it’s needed—you don’t want the infection to spread into the bone.   A similar factor is then how quickly you have your necessary follow-up visit to restore the tooth with a permanent filling or crown.  Bottom line: you do not want to put off these necessary treatments.

Also, the longevity of the treatment depends on the tooth that is getting treated.  Front teeth have single roots and are easier to treat.  They also receive less biting action than the back teeth.  Back teeth are more difficult to get to and more complicated to treat.

The age of a tooth also determines how resistant it will be to fracture.  As our teeth age they become more brittle and thus more likely to fracture, especially our back molar teeth.  This is one reason a crown is important after a root canal.  Crowns cover and protect the tooth, which will help with the durability and longevity of the root canal.

Learning that you need a root canal is never fun, but treating the problem is crucial.  You may have a lot of questions.  Feel free to ask the dentist all the questions that are on your mind.