The results of root canal treatment can last for many years, but there are instances of failure. Tooth fracture is the main cause of root canal pain after many years.
After root canal treatment, the dentist will recommend that the patient wear a crown. However, crowns are expensive and many patients choose to forgo them. During the root canal procedure, the dentist removes the pulp from the root canal. The tooth is deprived of its nutrient supply and becomes very weak. And an adult’s teeth need to take hundreds of pounds of biting force every day. A weak tooth cannot take on that much force. As a result, patients who do not wear crowns are prone to fracturing their teeth.
However, patients should not assume that wearing a crown makes them safe. The durability of a dental crown is influenced by many factors. First, the material of the crown affects the longevity of the crown. Metal crowns have a low fit between the crown and the tooth. Bacteria can easily find space to multiply. Once the bacteria multiply to a certain amount, it can damage the tooth after root canal treatment. Second, the crown is a reflection of the dentist’s skill. A proper crown can protect the tooth.
Conversely, a dentist’s poor skill in making a crown can leave the tooth unprotected. Therefore, only the right crown can protect the tooth.
How to deal with root canal pain after many years
Patients need to go to a nearby clinic right away. The dentist will help you find the cause of the pain. If the problem is with the crown, the dentist will remove the crown, remove the resin material from the filling and clean the root canal. If the pain is reduced or even gone, the dentist will fill the tooth and recreate the crown. If the tooth is still painful after the dentist’s treatment, it is evidence that the tooth may be beyond saving. At this point, the dentist will remove the tooth and recommend the patient to have a denture implant.