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How Long Does a Root Canal Last? Ask Our Endodontist

January 18, 2022

One question the endodontist at Michael I. Feinberg, DDS is frequently asked by patients is, how long can a tooth last after having a root canal procedure performed? And it’s a question we are proud to answer. Why? Because our work is the absolute gold standard for treating a tooth that has become painful or infected. Saving your natural teeth is always the best option, and working with an endodontist is the best way to achieve that result.

Advances in techniques, technology and equipment mean that our treatments take less time, produce less discomfort, and are increasingly successful than in the past. Root canals have a success rate of over 95 percent, and in most cases they last a lifetime, according to the American Association of Endodontists. This all adds up to making our treatment the best choice for maintaining your smile, to keep enjoying the foods you love, and for cutting down on the need for continued dental work. Nothing beats the original equipment, which is why we’re in the tooth-saving business.

There are a handful of factors that can affect the outcome of a root canal procedure. How long the patient waits to seek treatment can have a major impact on how far the decay that is causing your pain has advanced. The location of the affected tooth also plays a role. Our anterior teeth have only one root and are mostly used for cutting and tearing into our food, while the posterior teeth are best suited to withstand the force of repeatedly chewing. The patient’s age and other health conditions can also come to bear, as can the person’s oral hygiene routine and continuing dental care. 

The best path to successful root canal treatment is by choosing the endodontist at Michael I. Feinberg, DDS. We have the expertise in treating tooth pain that comes with years of advanced training beyond dental school. Please contact our office today to arrange an appointment.