A root canal is a treatment designed to clean and save an infected tooth. However, some patients might experience a new infection months or years after their treatment. During a root canal we try to reduce the bacteria inside the tooth to 0% by scrubbing out the main canals. Additionally, we aim to get our disinfecting rinses into the many small offshoots of the main canals. However, the root canal system is a complex web of canals where bacteria can occasionally hide and survive. When this happens, you may require endodontic retreatment.
At Martin Endodontics, both Dr. Alexa Martin and Dr. Clark Martin provide patients with the highest quality of dental treatment. Both doctors are diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics, with the highest level of expertise. They will help ensure that your smile stays bright and healthy. If you are suffering from a failing root canal treatment, we provide several service options that can keep your teeth healthy and strong. Call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.
Do I Need Endodontic Retreatment?
If even a small number of strong bacteria survive in the root of your tooth, there is the possibility you will develop another infection. When this happens, you run all the same risks as when you first needed a root canal. However, it is not always the fault of your previous endodontist, as there are several reasons you might need endodontic retreatment.
If you again develop tooth decay on a treated tooth or the filling on the tooth is leaking, letting saliva and bacteria inside, that new decay could expose the filling of your previous root canal. When this happens, an infection can develop.
A small amount of tissue within your tooth was not treated during your previous root canal. This is usually the case if you have a hard-to-reach branched canal and the disinfectants could not reach this area well enough.
The final filling or crown was not placed quickly enough after your last root canal and the root canal filling became contaminated.
Your tooth has cracked, and this crack is allowing in bacteria to the inner tooth again.
If you are experiencing increased sensitivity to temperature or pain in your tooth, come in right away for an evaluation. An infected tooth should be treated as soon as possible to avoid any negative effects. Save your tooth today by coming in for endodontic retreatment.
How Does Endodontic Retreatment Work?
Unlike your first root canal, endodontic retreatment is slightly different. First, we need to reopen your tooth. This typically entails removing the filling or making a small access in the crown so we can reach the inner filling. We then remove the inner filling and thoroughly clean the affected area, eliminating any remaining bacteria hiding within the canals with a series of disinfecting mechanisms. Once your inner tooth has been fully cleaned will we fill and seal your root canal back up. You will then need to return to your dentist for a restoration in the upper part of your tooth as soon as possible to prevent future infection. When root canal therapy is done properly, your tooth should soon be on the road to healing.
Is Endodontic Treatment Painful?
Many patients are concerned about endodontic treatment in general. However, an endodontic retreatment should be about the same as your first root canal treatment. When done by a trained expert using the latest techniques, root canal treatment is painless. Infections can be painful, but with our modern treatment techniques, we will get you on the road to recovery with less down time. We make every effort to ensure you have a comfortable and stress-free experience at Martin Endodontics. With our use of local anesthetic and careful technique, your treatment should be virtually pain-free.
If you have any reservations about receiving treatment, speak with our staff and doctor. The more you know about your treatment, the less intimidating it will be.
Is There a Recovery Period?
You should be able to return home as soon as your treatment is complete, which typically takes around an hour. However, it can take some time for the anesthetic to wear off. During this time, you can go about your normal routine, but we recommend avoiding eating or chewing anything. You might accidentally bite your cheek!
Also, you can expect some soreness around the treated tooth. But this can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you are suffering from a tooth that has become infected again, do not wait to receive treatment. At Beverly Hills Endodontist, we make every effort to provide our patients with a comfortable and professional experience. Schedule your appointment today to get started on saving your tooth and preserving your smile.
When you come in for endodontic retreatment, our friendly staff will answer any questions or concerns you might have. Every step of the way, you are kept fully informed of what to expect. Call Martin Endodontics today at (310) 278-5403 to learn more about the services we provide for patients all over the Los Angeles area.