Endodontic Retreatment Overview
In some cases, a tooth may not heal as it should following an initial root canal treatment. In these circumstances, your tooth may need further intervention to save it and improve your oral health. Sometimes the infection within the tooth was not completely removed during your root canal therapy, and in other cases, a new infection may develop. If you notice recurring signs and symptoms of infection, it may be time to seek endodontic retreatment from our skilled team at Made Ya Smile Rayford. Root canal retreatments are performed like your original procedure. With this therapy, we clean out the infection, smooth the canals and center of the tooth, and fill the tooth with a special material in order to strengthen it. Pain, swelling, or other signs of recurrent infection are important signs of potential problems and require evaluation by a trained professional as soon as possible. Reach out today to our Spring, TX practice to schedule your visit for a post-root canal treatment consultation.
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Best Candidates for Endodontic Retreatment
A second infection after a root canal procedure, accessory canals that went unidentified during the original procedure, or a tooth that did not heal as expected may all be signs that endodontic retreatment is required. In such cases, various symptoms may be present, like a toothache or pain, swelling in the gums or face, or a pimple-like lesion on the gums near the affected tooth. Our experienced dentists, like board-certified dentist Dr. Eric Capps, will perform a clinical evaluation on your tooth and take a digital x-ray to find out whether an infection is still present. Once the details are gathered, we will let you know your best treatment options to restore your smile to optimal health. An apicoectomy or tooth extraction may be a better choice than redoing a root canal procedure for some teeth.
What to Expect with Endodontic Retreatment
Our sedation solutions at Made Ya Smile are offered to help you enjoy a relaxing and positive treatment experience. We also use a gentle technique as we numb treatment areas. After you are fully numb, we will reopen the tooth, remove the previously placed filling material, and retreat the area by cleaning any existing infection. We carefully look for any accessory canals that may not be clearly shown on your x-ray. After we remove the infection and disinfect and smooth the internal canals, we will rinse and dry the tooth before placing new filling material. A sedative filling will be placed in your tooth until it fully heals. Upon healing, a new filling or crown will be placed to stabilize the integrity and structure of your root-canal retreated tooth.
Endodontic Retreatment Recovery
Following your root canal retreatment visit, we recommend you rest for the remainder of the day. We will provide instructions on how to properly care for your mouth and give you some information about what you can expect following your procedure. Minor swelling or discomfort around the treatment area may be present, which is usually controlled with cold compresses to the jaw or non-prescription pain medication. Our dentists may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and prevent its spread. Excellent home care with daily and thorough brushing and flossing can help reduce the risk you will require further dental work in the future. It's important to also maintain routine dental cleaning and exam appointments with the team at Made Ya Smile. All of these optimal oral health practices can support your smile and let us monitor your tooth for any future issues.
Endodontic Retreatment Insurance Coverage
At Made Ya Smile Rayford, we accept most dental insurance plans and policies. Your plan will have specifics about your level of coverage for endodontic retreatment procedures and we will reach out to them to find out what those are. For out-of-pocket expenses or those not using insurance, we have several easy payment options and can give you information about easy low-cost financing through CareCredit®. Our team wants you to get the comprehensive care you need for a healthy smile. We are happy to work with you to find an affordable solution that's right for your budget.
Issues and concerns with a tooth that was previously treated with a root canal may require endodontic retreatment to save the tooth and restore you to health. If you have signs of tooth pain, swelling, or a lesion on the gums, you should contact Made Ya Smile to receive a prompt evaluation from our skilled team of general dentists, like Dr. Eric Capps. We're experienced in treating endodontic issues and take special care to ensure you're as comfortable as possible when receiving care. Schedule a root canal retreatment consultation at our Spring, TX practice location today and return your smile to optimal health.