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Can all teeth be treated endodontically?
Most teeth can be treated. Occasionally, a tooth can’t be saved because the root canals
are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone
support, or the tooth cannot be restored. However, advances in endodontics are making it
possible to save teeth that even a few years ago would have been lost. When endodontic
treatment is not effective, endodontic surgery may be able to save the tooth.

How long will the restored tooth last?
Your treated and restored tooth/teeth can last a lifetime with proper care.
Because tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth, good oral hygiene and
regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.

As there is no longer a pulp keeping the tooth alive, root-treated teeth can become
brittle and are more prone to fracture. This is an important consideration when deciding
whether to crown or fill a tooth after root canal treatment.

To determine the success or failure of root canal treatment, the most relied-upon method is
to compare new X-rays with those taken prior to treatment. This comparison will show
whether bone continues to be lost or is being regenerated.

What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be
sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration
within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what
type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to
experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a
problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent
further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will it cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity
of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment
is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Sean P. Hart D.D.S ,M.S.D., P.C.
1533 Kossuth St. Lafayette Indiana 47905
p: 765-742-8792