There are times that root canal therapy is not successful in treating a deep tooth infection. In some cases, the whole infection was not removed during treatment and in other instances, a new infection could have formed in the tooth. When the tooth presents signs of an infection after one or more root canals, our team of board-certified endodontic specialists will generally suggest an endodontic retreatment. Similar to the initial root canal treatment, an endodontic retreatment is performed to clean the canals of the tooth and eliminate the current infection. In case you still have pain or symptoms of an infection after a root canal, schedule an exam at Western Mass Endo in western MA to determine if you need an endodontic retreatment.
The best candidates for an endodontic retreatment would be patients who have received a root canal treatment but are still experiencing symptoms of an infection in the tooth. The most frequent symptom is pain or discomfort in the tooth that received the root canal treatment. If retreatment is not possible, an apicoectomy or tooth extraction may be performed at Western Mass Endo. At your exam and consultation at our office in western MA, a member of our team will talk about the best course of treatment to deal with the infection and preserve your tooth if possible.
What to Expect
An endodontic retreatment will be performed in our office with a local anesthetic to numb the treated area. If you have dental fear or anxieties, other sedation methods can be made available to you upon request. Once your mouth is prepped, we will reopen the tooth and remove the filling material placed during the previous root canal. The interior of the tooth, including all of the tips, will then be thoroughly cleaned. After the tooth has been cleaned and examined, it will be filled with a new material and sealed. A dental restoration (crown or bridge) is generally placed over the tooth for additional protection and strength.
After your endodontic retreatment, you should take 1 – 2 days to rest and heal. We will give you specific instructions to help you heal after the procedure, which will include the ideal way to clean your mouth. You might be prescribed antibiotics or pain relievers that should be taken as directed. Once your mouth has healed, you need to maintain a great home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. Moreover, you should schedule annual exams at Western Mass Endo so our team can monitor the tooth and your overall oral health.
Depending on the extent of your endodontic retreatment and the sedation method chosen, the portion your insurance provider covers can fluctuate. Before your treatment, we will contact your insurance company to determine what will be covered and if there will be any additional costs. For patients without dental insurance, we accept many payment methods. Our team can also talk to you about obtaining low-interest medical financing.
An endodontic retreatment at Western Mass Endo can be a successful method to salvage your tooth and fight future infections after a root canal. If you show symptoms of a second infection in a treated tooth, contact our office in western MA to learn more or to schedule your consultation with a member of our skilled endodontic team.