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What have you heard about root canal therapy? Would you be surprised to learn that the treatment may not be as bad as you’ve heard? In fact, most patients who’ve had root canal therapy claim that it isn’t any worse than having a cavity filled. This is good news since root canals may be more common than you think.

You see, dentists usually recommend root canal therapy when the inside of your tooth is decayed. This decay can also affect your roots and your nerves. If this happens, root canal therapy could be the only way to save the tooth—and as you may guess, most dentists would rather save your tooth than replace it. In fact, about 15 million root canals are performed in just America every year.

In fact, there are even instances when a tooth may need retreatment—though this is rare. In fact, root canals are successful in more than 95% of cases. Still, you could have a problem with new decay or an infection after root canal therapy. Similarly, if your repaired tooth leaks, didn’t heal properly, or is fractured, you could need retreatment. However, many times root canal treatment can last a lifetime—but if it doesn’t, the tooth can simply be treated again. If you don’t retreat again, you could lose the infected tooth.

Are you worried about your tooth? Do you think you could need a second root canal—or maybe your first? Would you like to learn more about how you can do to deal with a root canal, please contact Dr. James E. Gaff at 904-641-2655. Dr. James E. Gaff and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.