What is Endodontic Retreatment?
Root canal therapy is performed to save teeth that have suffered internal infection, damage, decay, or injury. In some cases, however, a new infection may occur or complex root anatomy (accessory root canals) may have been difficult to detect during the initial endodontic procedure. Our skilled team at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 offers endodontic retreatment for teeth that show new signs or are still presenting with evidence of infection or internal damage after being root canal-treated. When these types of situations occur in the months or years following initial root canal therapy, our general dentist may recommend a root canal retreatment procedure to save the tooth and minimize the risk of tooth loss and further oral health needs. Endodontic retreatment is similar to a root canal procedure and involves cleaning and disinfecting the internal structures of the tooth to eliminate diseased areas. Swelling, discomfort, and other symptoms surrounding a previously root canal-treated tooth may indicate a new infection and should be evaluated promptly. Get in touch with our Houston, TX practice right away for an appointment with us.
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Do I Need Endodontic Retreatment?
Teeth that exhibit signs of infection or internal damage following initial endodontic therapy may require post-root canal treatment. In some cases, waiting too long to receive a crown or other restoration following initial therapy may lead to the need for retreatment of the tooth. New or recurring symptoms, or those that never fully resolved, should be evaluated by us to determine if further care is necessary. Root canal retreatment may help to save your tooth from extraction, return function to your smile, and protect your health from the effects of an oral infection. Symptoms that may point to the need for post-root canal treatment include pain or discomfort upon biting, temperature sensitivity, a dull ache or pain in a tooth or the jaw, and a pimple-like bump on the gums near the previously treated tooth. When you arrive at our office for an evaluation, we will let you know if you may benefit from a root canal retreatment procedure or if a tooth extraction or other type of endodontic service (such as removing the root with an apicoectomy) can better address your oral health needs.
How is Endodontic Retreatment Performed?
Root canal retreatment procedures are performed in a similar fashion to initial root canal therapy. As always, our team will place your comfort and safety first and will numb your tooth thoroughly for a pleasant experience. If you feel nervous when visiting the dentist, be sure to talk to us about your options for sedation dentistry. To begin the procedure, our team will reopen the tooth and take out the material previously used to fill the center area and canals. Any areas of infected or damaged tooth structure will be removed and the internal areas will be disinfected with a cleansing liquid and reshaped. During the procedure, we will also look for any accessory canals that were undetected during the original treatment and address these areas if necessary. A special material will then be used once again to fill the canals and a sedative (temporary) filling will be placed to close the tooth. When your retreated tooth has fully healed, we will then place a new crown or other restoration to protect your tooth structure and improve its function.
Recovery from Endodontic Retreatment
You may find it beneficial to take it easy for the first couple of days after undergoing endodontic retreatment. To help you care for your teeth and gums in the best possible way, our team will give you instructions on what to expect and how to manage your post-op needs. A prescription for antibiotics may be given to control any infection and nonprescription pain relievers can be used to manage any discomfort. Keeping up with thorough home care efforts each day and regular dental cleaning and exam visits at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 can help minimize your risk for future dental needs. Our team will evaluate your retreated tooth when you visit our practice for routine check-up appointments.
Does Insurance Cover Endodontic Retreatment?
Depending on your individual plan, root canal retreatment procedures may be covered in part by dental insurance. We will get in touch with your provider and learn about your specific coverage amounts. At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, we strive to offer convenient payment solutions to help you and your family get the treatment you need in a way that fits within your budget. To learn about our easy payment methods, including low-cost financing through CareCredit®, talk to a member of our team today.
About Endodontic Retreatment
Teeth that are showing signs of a new or continued infection after receiving root canal therapy may benefit from endodontic retreatment. Signs and symptoms, like discomfort or a pimple-like area on a previously treated tooth, could indicate the need for further care to save your tooth and your oral health. Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is proud to offer the comprehensive care your family needs for better oral health and a comfortable smile. If you think your root canal-treated tooth may be damaged, contact our Houston, TX practice right away for an appointment with us.