What is Endodontic Retreatment?
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic procedure that treats teeth that are infected or extensively damaged internally. But if a root canal-treated tooth does not fully heal or develops a new infection months or years later, endodontic retreatment may be necessary. Teeth that require a retreatment procedure may still be showing signs of infection because complex root anatomy remained undetected during the initial procedure or a new condition is occurring. To help save these teeth and preserve the oral health of Friendswood, TX patients, Made Ya Smile Dental is pleased to offer root canal retreatment.
A retreatment procedure is completed in a similar way to a normal root canal. The tooth will be opened, the infection cleared away and canals reshaped, and a special material will be placed to fill the canals and strengthen the tooth. Having endodontic retreatment may be an important part of your dental treatment plan if you have a root canal-treated tooth that is still showing signs of being unhealthy. Get in touch with our team right away if you notice any swelling, discomfort, or other symptoms surrounding your tooth and schedule a post-root canal treatment evaluation with general dentist Dr. Peter Nishino.
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Do I Need Endodontic Retreatment?
Dr. Nishino may recommend root canal retreatment for a tooth that did not heal properly after a root canal was performed or is showing indications of a second infection or another type of dental problem. In some cases, the tooth may have small accessory canals that are difficult to detect and were not noticed during the original procedure. We will take advanced digital x-rays and clinically examine your tooth to learn if endodontic retreatment is an option to treat the tooth or if another procedure, such as an apicoectomy (root removal) or tooth extraction, would be a better solution for your oral health. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, swelling, pressure in the jaw, or a blister-like bump on your gums near a root canal-treated tooth, visit with Dr. Nishino and learn if your tooth requires root canal retreatment.
How is Endodontic Retreatment Performed?
As a comprehensive practice serving all of your family's dental needs, Made Ya Smile Dental offers comfortable and personalized care in a modern yet welcoming environment. We strive to make every visit pleasant, regardless of why you are visiting our team. Please know that your comfort is always a priority to us, and we offer sedation dentistry options to put you at ease if you feel anxious about receiving root canal retreatment. To perform your endodontic retreatment, we will numb the treatment area and then open up the tooth. The original filling material will be removed so that your tooth can be fully evaluated. Any new areas of infection will be cleared out once again.
Though teeth typically have between one and three roots (canals), depending on where in the mouth they are located, some teeth have small accessory canals that may be difficult to detect on x-rays. Our team will look carefully for accessory canals and treat them accordingly. The internal portions of your tooth will then be reshaped and disinfected and then rinsed and dried. The tooth will once again be filled with a special material to add strength and topped with a sedative filling. After your tooth fully heals, Dr. Nishino will remove the temporary filling and place a new crown or other restoration to restore function and protect your newly retreated tooth.
Recovery from Endodontic Retreatment
After your root canal retreatment procedure, our Made Ya Smile Dental team will let you know how to take care of your tooth and what to expect as you heal. We suggest that you relax for the rest of the day after your visit and avoid any physical activities. Minor swelling or discomfort may occur around your tooth, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses against the face. To treat any new infection, Dr. Nishino may preserve an antibiotic, which should be taken as directed to help fully resolve your oral condition. Brushing and flossing daily and maintaining regular dental checkups and cleaning visits with our team can help keep your teeth and gums in top shape and reduce your need for future dental treatment. We will also be sure to check the health of your root canal-retreated tooth during your exam visits at our Friendswood, TX practice.
Does Insurance Cover Endodontic Retreatment?
Your dental insurance may provide coverage for root canal retreatment services. Our front office staff will be sure to contact your insurance provider and learn more about your specific plan. To help Friendswood, TX patients cover any personal expenses for their care, Made Ya Smile Dental is pleased to accept a range of convenient payment options that include easy financing plans through CareCredit®. Whatever your treatment needs may be, we want you to receive quality care for your smile and will work to help you find an affordable payment solution.
About Endodontic Retreatment
At Made Ya Smile Dental, we know how important your oral health and smile are to you and do whatever we can to preserve your natural teeth. Retreating a tooth that has previously received endodontic care may be necessary to save your tooth and bring health back to your smile. If you have any swelling, pain, or bumps on the gums around a tooth that has been root canal-treated, contact our Friendswood, TX office right away for an evaluation with Dr. Nishino. Our caring team will evaluate your needs and help you determine the best solution for your dental health and wellness.