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Why should I still take care of a dead tooth after the root canal treatment? 


Root canal treatment is one of the most expensive dental procedures in Australia. While the price ranges from $1400 – $1600 at a general practice, it will cost even more at a specialist clinic. However, it is often the last option to save your tooth from being taken out. Despite the tooth may be theoretically “dead”, it is still practically functional in your mouth. Maintenance is still required. Instead, the requirement for a good hygiene is even higher to keep the tooth healthy and problem-free.


While everyone hates tooth pain, it is often a sign that some dental work will need to be done. However, after the root canal treatment, your tooth will not provide the sensation of sensitivity and pain as per a normal tooth. It may be too late before we realize that the tooth can no longer be repaired or saved due to recurrent decay or advanced periodontal disease. Since the tooth remains as a natural and functional unit in your mouth, adequate maintenance is still required.


Besides daily brushing and flossing, the tooth should be reviewed regularly by a dental practitioner. The success of a root canal treatment highly relies on the quality of the top filling, no matter it is a composite filling or a crown. If it is a composite filling, it is NOT designed to last forever and it will need to be repaired or replaced after some years. Therefore, a crown is often recommended since this semi-permanent “cap” provides a better long-term protection.


There is no guarantee of the treatment outcome since it involves many uncontrollable variables. However, according to research articles over the years, a good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of complications happening in the future and ensure the money that you’ve paid to save that tooth will be worthwhile.


                                                                      Updated on 19/11/2020


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