If you have a tooth that does not heal properly or still contains infection following a root canal procedure, you may need additional treatment to preserve the tooth and prevent further damage. Whether the infection was not fully addressed during your initial procedure or a new infection has developed, endodontic retreatment may be required to improve your oral and overall health. At Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX, our team offers patients advanced endodontic treatments (like an apicoectomy) to improve a tooth that received a root canal but still has an infection. Like your original root canal procedure, endodontic retreatment involves cleaning out the infection and smoothing the canals and the center of the tooth. We then place a special filling in the tooth to maintain its structure and integrity. If you notice any signs of continued infection in a tooth that received a root canal, such as tooth pain or facial swelling, contact our Pearland, TX office and learn about your options.
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If you develop a second infection in a tooth that was treated with a root canal, then you may qualify to receive endodontic retreatment. This procedure may also be considered for those whose tooth or teeth did not heal properly after the initial root canal. Patients who require a second endodontic procedure typically experience toothache or pain in the treated tooth, facial or periodontal swelling, or notice a pimple-like lesion on the gums near the tooth in question. To determine your candidacy for endodontic retreatment, a member of our team will evaluate your tooth and administer digital x-rays to learn if an infection is present. The most common endodontic retreatments tend to be apicoectomies and tooth extractions. One of our skilled dentists will work with you to decide the appropriate treatment for your situation and needs.
What to Expect
Our team at Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX prides ourselves on accommodating to the needs of our patients. In order to make your experience at our office more comfortable, we offer a range of sedatives (like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation) to keep you calm during your treatment. Once you are relaxed and ready, we will begin the procedure by unsealing the affected tooth, removing the filling material, and clean out the remaining infection. After the infection is removed and the internal canals are disinfected and smoothed, the tooth will be rinsed, dried, and filled once more. The tooth will then be sealed with a sedative filling until it has healed fully. A crown or additional filling is typically placed to preserve the structure of your retreated tooth.
After your secondary endodontic treatment, you should take the remainder of your day to rest and heal. A member of our team will give you detailed instructions regarding after-care, and we will also tell you what you can expect in the days following your treatment. Some common side effects of a second root canal are minor swelling and discomfort around the treated area. These can often be addressed with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers. You may be prescribed antibiotics to keep the infection at bay and to prevent it from spreading. You should continue to maintain a good at-home oral health routine that consists of daily flossing and brushing. It's important to attend any scheduled follow-up appointments at our Pearland, TX office so we can monitor your oral health an ensure that the infection is gone.
Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX accepts several PPO insurance plans. We will contact your insurance company to learn about your coverage and to get you the most out of your benefits. If you have any questions about the insurance plans we accept or payment options we take, contact our Pearland, TX office and speak to a member of our financial team. If you'd like to receive information on medical financing, we can also explain this and give you our recommendations. We believe that dental care should be affordable and accessible for all patients, so do not hesitate to contact our team and ask any questions you may have.
If your first root canal was not successful, or if your tooth did not heal properly after an initial root canal procedure, you may qualify for endodontic retreatment. Typically, an apicoectomy or a tooth extraction will be recommended to address the remaining infection. If you are experiencing swelling of the face or gums, tooth pain, or noticing pimple-like lesions near a tooth that was treated with a root canal, contact Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX to learn if you could benefit from a second root canal procedure.