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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.

Sadly, having root canal therapy doesn’t always mean you’ll be done with the treatment forever. In fact, a tooth that’s been treated before could need the same attention again. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your smile healthy—such as brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. During these visits, we’ll inspect your teeth for signs of root canal damage.

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 us at 505.898.8063. Dr. Gilbert Fernandez and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.