What Is Endodontic Retreatment?
Patients who received root canal therapy may develop an infection following their treatment and require further treatment to save the integrity of the tooth. Sometimes, this means the infection was not completely eliminated from the area, or a new infection may develop in the same area. If you are again showing signs of an infection, Made Ya Smile Dental can perform endodontic retreatment to clean the lingering infection, smooth the center of the tooth, and strengthen it with a filling material. Essentially, endodontic retreatment is the same procedure as the original root canal therapy. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or infection, you must be evaluated right away. Contact our clinic in The Woodlands, TX for an assessment and consultation.
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Do I Need Endodontic Retreatment?
Endodontic retreatment may be required if you have an infection following a traditional root canal therapy in our clinic at Made Ya Smile Dental. Patients with a recurring infection may experience a toothache, swelling in the face or gums, or a lesion in the gums around the tooth. Our skilled practitioners will take a digital x-ray of the area and closely examine the tooth to see if the infection is still present. We will also give you the best options for restoring the teeth back to normal health. Sometimes, tooth extraction or apicoectomy may be a better alternative instead of redoing the root canal therapy.
What Should I Expect During Endodontic Retreatment?
Made Ya Smile Dental knows that some patients are apprehensive about visiting the dentist for a procedure. Because your comfort is our first priority, Made Ya Smile Dental offers several sedation options so you can feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible during the surgery. We also carefully numb the treatment areas before reopening the tooth, removing the filling, and clearing it from infection. Our team then rinses and dries the tooth before placing a new filling material. We will use a sedative filling until it heals completely, then we can use a new crown or filling to protect the structure of the retreated tooth.
What Is the Recovery Like for Endodontic Retreatment?
Patients will want to rest for a few days following their root canal therapy and retreatment procedures. Made Ya Smile Dental will provide you with information post-surgery so you know how to properly clean and care for the area, including brushing and flossing techniques, so the infection does not return. It's common to experience minor discomfort and swelling, which can be relieved with nonprescription pain medication or cold compresses. We may also prescribe a round of antibiotics to treat infection and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body. Made Ya Smile Dental will schedule follow-up appointments in addition to your annual exams and biannual cleanings to monitor your overall oral health.
Will Insurance Cover Endodontic Retreatment?
Made Ya Smile Dental takes most PPO dental insurance plans, many of which could cover the cost of your endodontic retreatment procedure. We will call your provider to review your plan, benefits, and out-of-pocket costs, as well as file any claims on your behalf. If you do not have insurance, we can help you by offering several payment options for endodontic retreatment, including low-interest payments through CareCredit®. Our staff is happy to help you get the care you need by finding you a low-cost solution.
Schedule Your Endodontic Retreatment
If you are still having issues with a tooth that was treated with root canal therapy, Made Ya Smile Dental offers endodontic retreatment to save the tooth and restore it back to normal health. If you live in The Woodlands, TX and struggle with symptoms of pain, swelling, or pimple-like lesions on the gum tissues, the infection must be treated right away by one of our skilled dentists. Contact Made Ya Smile Dental to get in touch with a practitioner and schedule an appointment.