There are many factors that can lead to further complications after a root canal treatment. In some cases, the infection was not removed during treatment and in other instances, a new infection could have formed in the tooth. When the tooth shows signs of an infection for the second time, one of our dentists will typically suggest an endodontic retreatment. Similar to the original root canal treatment, an endodontic retreatment is performed to clean the canals of the tooth and eliminate the existing infection. If you still have pain or signs of an infection after a root canal, schedule an exam at Western Mass Endodontics at one of our offices in northern MA to determine if you need an endodontic retreatment or other procedure.
The best candidates for an endodontic retreatment would be individuals who have received a root canal but are still experiencing symptoms of an infection in the tooth. The most common symptom is pain or discomfort in the tooth that received the root canal treatment. If retreatment is not an option, an apicoectomy or tooth extraction may be performed at Western Mass Endodontics. During your consultation at our office in northern MA, we will discuss the best course of action to treat the infection and save 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 the procedure is extensive or if you have dental fears, other sedation options may be used. Once your mouth is prepped, one of our dentists will reopen the tooth and remove the filling material placed during the preceding procedure. The interior of the tooth, including all of the canals, will then be thoroughly washed. After the tooth has been cleaned and examined, it will be strengthened with a new filling material and sealed. A crown or bridge is usually placed over the tooth for protection.
After your endodontic retreatment, you should take a day or two to rest and heal. We will go over specific instructions to help you recover after the procedure, which will include the best way to clean your mouth. You may be prescribed antibiotics or pain relievers that should be taken as directed. Once your mouth has healed, you should follow a good home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. In addition, you should schedule annual exams at Western Mass Endodontics, so we can monitor the treated tooth and your overall oral health.
Depending on the extent of your procedure and sedation options, what your insurance company covers can vary. Before your treatment, we will contact your insurance provider to determine what will be covered and if there will be any additional costs. For patients without dental insurance, we accept many payment methods, and our dentists can talk to you about finding low-interest medical financing.
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An endodontic retreatment at Western Mass Endodontics can be a successful procedure to help save your natural tooth and fight additional infections after a root canal treatment. If you show signs of a second infection in a previously treated tooth, contact one of our offices located in northern MA to learn more or to schedule your consultation with one of our skilled dentists.