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Is it possible to move tooth after root canal

Is it possible to move tooth after root canal

The possibility of moving teeth after root canal treatment is a big question asked by many people who need orthodontic treatment. These people want to know whether the root canalled teeth can move like the healthy teeth, or they will be damaged. If you are one of those people who are thinking of orthodontic treatment and possibility of moving teeth after root canal treatment, you should continue reading this article.

Before dealing with the possibility of moving the root canalled teeth, it is better to briefly explain root canal treatment.

steps to remove the tooth nerve and fill the roots

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a procedure in which the pulp of a damaged tooth is removed. Pulp is the soft part of the tooth. This part is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. It is said that the only function of the nerve is to create a sensation, and its absence has no effect on tooth movement. Although sometimes there are no specific symptoms for root canal treatment, often, the following symptoms indicate that the teeth need root canal treatment:

  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Feeling pain when chewing
  • Tooth discoloration (usually darkened teeth)
  • Tooth infection
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Pimpled and swollen gums

Orthodontics for tooth after root canal therap

Orthodontic treatment requires the movement of the teeth and their proper replacement. Now the question arises whether it is possible to move the teeth after root canal treatment like other teeth during orthodontic treatment? The answer is that root canalled teeth are actually different from natural ones. The nerves in these teeth are removed and the teeth are filled with new materials that can break and separate. However, their movement is not impossible and depends on the experience of the orthodontist. If the orthodontist can apply orthodontic forces to the root canalled teeth in the right shapes and directions, the teeth will move smoothly and will be in the right place.

It should be emphasized that the work of the dentist who has done root canal treatment is of particular importance. The root canal treatment must also be properly and completely done and filled with the appropriate materials. If these points are well observed and the orthodontist does his/her job properly, the root canalled teeth can be moved and there is no limit in the orthodontic treatment.

If the root canal treatment is well done but the orthodontist realizes that the brackets may break the root canalled teeth, instead of brackets, he/she may uses orthodontic ring called bands that surround, move, and align the teeth. Orthodontic band is a type of orthodontic treatment performed without using brackets.

a tooth with an orthodontic band

Note that determining whether orthodontics should be done with brackets or bands is a very specialized task. Thus, consult an orthodontist who has the necessary qualifications and experience for orthodontics.

FAQ about movement of root canalled teeth

1-Can orthodontic treatment be performed on root canalled teeth?

Yes, in addition, root canal treatment can even be performed on teeth with orthodontic brackets. Your orthodontist may use special orthodontic brackets that move the teeth further in place. Therefore, it is possible to perform root canal treatment before, during, or after using brackets.

2-If the root canalled tooth aches, is its movement allowed?

No, aching of a root canalled tooth indicates its infection and incomplete treatment. Therefore, root canal treatment should be repeated after which orthodontic treatment can be performed.

3-Is there any difference between teeth with and without root canal in orthodontic treatment?

The speed and ability of the tooth to move are the same in both cases and there is no difference in orthodontic treatment.

4-May a periapical abscess develop in a root canalled tooth moved with orthodontics?

If the root canal treatment is done well and accurately, there will be no problem and orthodontic movement will not cause a periapical abscess.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist
About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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