Root canal teeth can fall out due to advanced cavities and infections, or they can be removed as part of abscess treatment. When a root canal infection is left untreated for a long time, it can lead to bone loss around the affected tooth, causing the teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. However, the success rate of endodontic treatment is very high. Studies have shown that 98 percent of root canals last one year, 92 percent last five years, and 86 percent last ten years or more.
Molars treated by endodontists had a 10-year survival rate significantly higher than those treated by general dentists. Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent tooth reinfection, and save the natural tooth. The procedure involves extracting the pulp and cleaning, shaping and disinfecting the root canals. It is important to note that after a root canal treatment, the tooth is dead and there should be no pain.
However, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment is weaker than a healthy tooth without a root canal. A pulsating toothache usually causes the need for root canal treatment, but sometimes a tooth may require root canal treatment even when there is no pain. In cases of teeth that have more than one root, only one root may be infected and plugged. If the remaining roots become infected in the future, they will also need a root canal.
Root canals are not painful as they used to be decades ago. The American Association of Endodontists states that exposure to radiation during an X-ray is minimal and directed at the mouth, not the abdomen area. There is evidence to support the fact that people who have undergone root canals are no more at risk of developing diseases than people who have never had root canals. It is important to visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and cleaning visits in order to prevent dental problems and maintain the health of your teeth and gums. If you have a fractured tooth due to injury or genetics, a deep cavity or your previous filling doesn't effectively protect your tooth from reinfection, you need endodontic treatment for a longer-term solution.