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If you’ve ever had root canal therapy, you probably know that going through the treatment is better than coping with a damaged root canal. In fact, you probably understand why most people who’ve had root canal therapy claim it’s no worse than having a cavity filled. Similarly, you may know that if an injured root canal isn’t treated, you could ultimately lose a tooth.

But, did you know that a tooth that’s had root canal therapy could need the treatment again. Fortunately, if you keep up with your oral health, you’ll be less likely to need retreatment.

For example, you’ll need to go to a doctor’s appointment once every six months for a routine cleaning. Similarly, you should brush for two minutes a day every day and floss at least once daily. Finally, if you crack or fracture a tooth, please visit us immediately.

You see, if new decay reaches the center of your tooth, the infection could return. This could be the result of your tooth fracturing. Similarly, if your first treatment wasn’t successful—which is rare since 97% of root canal therapies are successful—you could need treatment again.

Finally, please wait if you need root canal therapy, even if you aren’t experiencing pain. If you would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact McAllister Dentistry at 828-322-6731. Dr. John McAllister and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.