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Why Checkups May Be Necessary After a Root Canal

After your root canal therapy, your dental treatment isn’t quite complete. You should arrange for regular checkups with your endodontist to monitor your tooth’s healing progress and health.

After your root canal therapy, your dental treatment isn’t quite complete. You should arrange for regular checkups with your endodontist to monitor your tooth’s healing progress and health. Follow-up visits are important for the health of your smile in order to catch any complications early and ensure they do not worsen.

Root canal therapy may affect the outer structure of your tooth when the pulp is removed and replaced. Your endodontist will take great care to protect the tooth’s integrity after thoroughly cleansing and sealing the canal system. But follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor your tooth’s structure after the procedure if your endodontist recommends it.

The purpose of a root canal is to remove infection from the pulp of your tooth and seal it off against further decay. However, in some cases, bacteria may remain undetected, causing a relapse of infection, pain, and other discomfort. Ask your endodontist if follow-up appointments are necessary to evaluate the status of your tooth’s health and address any further infection.

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Cletus January 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM
And don't forget, at $300+ a pop, these visits are integral to the upkeep of your endodontist's seafaring vessels.

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