If you have a tooth that has damaged or infected pulp in its center, you will need to have a root canal treatment in order to save the tooth. Should you experience tooth pain, we urge you to contact us at our dental practice, Benjamin W. Stark, DMD. Our dentist, Dr. Stark, will determine whether or not you need a root canal in Flagstaff to save your tooth.
The good news is that root canal treatments are effective in saving teeth in over 90% of cases. However, there are times when a root canal treatment can fail. There are things you can do to help to ensure that your root canal treatment is successful. During a root canal in Flagstaff, all infected pulp and bacteria is removed from the tooth and the root canal system. The tooth and root canals are thoroughly cleaned and sealed to prevent reinfection. However, in order for the tooth to be able to remain intact, it is important that bacteria does not reenter the tooth. Sometimes a seal will inadvertently break, in spite of everyone’s best efforts. Our dentist will most likely tell you that you need to get a porcelain crown to protect the tooth, sometime after the root canal treatment has been performed. It is important that you get this dental crown in the timeframe that is recommended by your dentist, or you will be leaving your tooth unprotected, and can be paving the way for a failed root canal treatment. You will also want to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth to make sure that the gums remain healthy, and so that bacteria is not able to gather around the base of the tooth. You will also want to come in for regular dental exams to make sure that no tooth decay has infected the tooth. If a tooth has had an abscess, complete healing from the root canal can take as long as two years.
For an appointment to come in to meet with our dentist regarding getting a root canal in Flagstaff, contact us today.