My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
Nobody wants to get a root canal, which is why many people avoid going to the dentist to hear the bad news that they need one. However, getting your teeth cleaned and inspected often is what prevents some dental procedures from being needed. When it comes to a root canal, there are several reasons why it can fail.
You Did Not Seek Early Treatment
A tooth infection is not something that you wait to treat until it starts feeling painful. You may have an infection that has not yet reached the level where it is causing you discomfort. Early treatment could cause an infection to be treated early on when the damage is more manageable.
However, ignoring early treatment will make the root canal difficult to perform. There may be an infection in your jawbone, which could cause a root canal to eventually fail in the future. Don't put off any dental procedure if you are told to get it, especially a root canal. Limiting the spread of the infection will give you the best chance of a successful root canal procedure.
You Are Getting Old
Age plays a factor in how successful a dental procedure will be. This is because teeth will become more brittle as you get older in age. A tooth will already become more fragile after a root canal is performed due to the center of the tooth being hollow, but brittle teeth can make the success rate much lower.
You will need a dental crown to protect the tooth with a root canal. While a crown may seem very expensive, it can help give the tooth strength and prevent failure from happening. In addition, sometimes a root canal will require a post to hold the crown in place. While the crown does give more stability to a tooth that had a root canal, it is the post that can make a tooth fracture over time.
Your Tooth's Position
Some teeth are easier to perform root canals on than others. For instance, front teeth should be easier to treat because the teeth have one root. The procedure is less invasive to perform, and the teeth won't be under as much pressure as rear teeth.
Molars actually have multiple roots, which complicates the procedure since each root needs to be treated. The molars also do most of the chewing, so the added pressure is likely to cause a complication later on.