What is Endodontic Retreatment?
Sometimes an infected or damaged tooth does not fully resolve following root canal therapy, and in these cases, the tooth may require endodontic retreatment. This problem can occur due to a new infection that may have developed within the tooth or when accessory canals escaped notice and therefore went untreated during the original procedure. Our experienced dentist may recommend a root canal retreatment procedure when patients present with teeth that exhibit signs of infection in the months or even years after original root canal therapy. This treatment is performed in a way the initial procedure is done and during the procedure, we will clean and disinfect the internal pulp and canals of the tooth in order to make sure to treat any new or recurring infection. If you have tooth pain, swelling, or other concerning symptoms around a tooth that has previously been treated with a root canal, call Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress today and we will schedule you to visit our Houston, TX practice right away.
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Do I Need Endodontic Retreatment?
Root canal retreatment may be the best treatment option for you if you have a root canal-treated tooth that is still exhibiting signs of infection or if new symptoms appear in the same tooth. Common symptoms that may show the need for retreatment are pain in the jaw or tooth, a blister-like lesion on the side of the gums, discomfort when biting, and sensitivity to hot or cold. We will do everything in our power to save your tooth using root canal retreatment, but in some situations, an apicoectomy (root removal) or tooth extraction may be required to restore your smile to full health. Our skilled Houston, TX team can help you plan for the right care when you visit us for your consultation.
How is Endodontic Retreatment Performed?
Our dentist performs root canal retreatments on-site at our comfortable, modern practice. Sedation dentistry is available if you need it to keep you relaxed during your care, and we will carefully numb the treatment areas to ensure your comfort. Once you are fully numb, our team will reopen the tooth to check its condition and remove the filling material that was previously placed before clearing the pulp and canals of your tooth of any infected tissue. Your tooth will then be thoroughly disinfected and any accessory canals will be treated as well. At this point, we will add filling material to each canal and the center of the tooth and administer a sedative filling to begin the healing process. Your tooth will receive a new crown or other restoration to protect it once it fully heals and the infection clears up.
Recovery from Endodontic Retreatment
Just like when you received your initial root canal, it is recommended that you rest for the first few days after endodontic retreatment and avoid any physical activity. Before you return home, we will give you instructions on how to take care of your treated tooth. Our dentist may prescribe antibiotics to treat any existing oral infection and suggest over-the-counter pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort you may feel. To help keep your teeth and gums healthy, the Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress team always encourages our patients to practice excellent oral hygiene care at home and keep up with your regular dental cleaning and exams. When you visit us, we will check on the health of your root canal retreated tooth and monitor it to ensure it stays healthy.
Does Insurance Cover Endodontic Retreatment?
Dental insurance sometimes covers endodontic retreatment procedures. Before we move forward with your treatment, our administrative staff will look at your plan details and calculate any personal costs for you. We want all our Houston, TX patients to get the dental care they need to improve their health and quality of life. To help achieve this, we work with most dental PPO plans and accept several payment methods, including easy financing plans through our partner CareCredit®.
About Endodontic Retreatment
When infection recurs after your tooth has been treated with a root canal, your tooth and general health are at risk. With a root canal retreatment procedure from Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, we may be able to save your tooth and your smile from further damage. Reach out to our compassionate Houston, TX team today to schedule a consultation or receive treatment for tooth pain or other symptoms around your previously root canal-treated tooth to get back to enjoying your healthy smile.