What is Endodontic Retreatment?
Teeth that do not heal properly or develop a further infection in the months or years following root canal therapy may require further attention to save the tooth and improve your oral health. In some cases, the infection within the tooth may not have been completely removed while new infection may develop in others. If your tooth is once again exhibiting signs and symptoms of an infection, endodontic retreatment may be recommended by our skilled team at Made Ya Smile Dental. Root canal retreatments are completed just like your original procedure. We will clean out the infection, smooth the canals and center of the tooth, and strengthen the tooth from within by placing a special filling material. Any pain, swelling, or other signs of recurrent infection should be evaluated right away. Contact our friendly Houston, TX dental practice today to schedule your visit for a post-root canal treatment consultation.
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Do I Need Endodontic Retreatment?
Endodontic retreatment may be needed if you have a second infection following a root canal procedure, accessory canals that were not identified during the original procedure, or if your tooth did not heal as expected. In such a case, you may experience 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 will examine your tooth clinically and take a digital x-ray to determine if an infection is still present to let you know your best options for restoring your oral health. In some cases, an apicoectomy or tooth extraction may be the better treatment option over redoing a root canal procedure.
How is Endodontic Retreatment Performed?
At Made Ya Smile Dental, we put your comfort and care first and offer sedation solutions to help you enjoy a relaxing and positive treatment experience. Our dentists also use a gentle technique in numbing treatment areas. Once you are ready, we will reopen the tooth, remove the filling material, and retreat the area by cleaning the infection. Our team also takes special care to look for any accessory canals that may not be evident on your x-ray. When the infection is removed and internal canals disinfected and smoothed, we will rinse and dry the tooth and place new filling material. A sedative filling will seal the tooth until it fully heals. At that time, a new filling or crown will be placed to protect the structure and integrity of your retreated tooth.
Recovery from Endodontic Retreatment
It may be a good idea to take the rest of the day and rest following your root canal retreatment visit. Our team will provide instructions on how to care for your mouth and what to expect following your procedure. You may experience minor swelling or discomfort around the treatment area, which can likely be controlled with cold compresses to the jaw or nonprescription pain medication. Antibiotics may be prescribed by our dentists to treat the infection and help keep it from spreading. Daily and thorough brushing and flossing at home can help minimize the risk for future dental needs. Keeping up with routine dental cleaning and exam appointments with our team at Made Ya Smile Dental can further support better oral health and allow us to continue to monitor your tooth and overall oral health.
Does Insurance Cover Endodontic Retreatment?
We accept most PPO dental insurance plans and will contact your provider to review plan specifics regarding endodontic retreatment procedures. If you have any out-of-pocket expenses or do not have dental insurance, we can review our convenient payment options, including easy, low-cost financing through CareCredit®. Our team at Made Ya Smile Dental wants you to get the comprehensive care you need for a healthy smile and is happy to work with you in finding an affordable solution.
About Endodontic Retreatment
If you still have problems with a tooth that was previously addressed with a root canal, endodontic retreatment may be needed to save the tooth and restore its function and health. Any signs or symptoms, such as tooth pain, swelling, or a pimple-like lesion on the gums, should be evaluated promptly by our skilled team of general dentists. We have over 30 years of experience in treating endodontic issues and take special care to ensure your comfort when providing care. Get in touch with our Made Ya Smile Dental team today to schedule a root canal retreatment consultation at one of our conveniently located Houston, TX practice locations.