Endodontic Retreatment Endodontic Surgery
Do you have persistent signs and symptoms after root canal treatment?
Does your tooth have re-infection after root canal treatment?
Did your dentist tell you that you have a failed root canal treatment?
At DentalSpecialists@Scotts, we can help solve these dental conditions comfortably and successfully with either endodontic retreatment or endodontic surgery. Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth. Save your tooth, give your tooth another chance!
What is Endodontic Retreatment?
Endodontic retreatment is a procedure to reopen the tooth to gain access into the root canal system again. Oftentimes, apart from having to remove the core material to access the root canals, crown and post have to be disassembled as well. Once access is permitted to the root canals, the root canal filling is removed. The root canal system is then thoroughly cleaned and examined again, before filling and sealing once more. The tooth is subsequently restored with a new crown or filling and will continue to function like any other tooth.
What is Endodontic Surgery?
There are several surgical procedures that can be carried to salvage a tooth. The most frequent procedure is called an apicoectomy or root-end resection where local anesthesia is administered before making an incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone and remove any inflamed or infected tissue. The root end of the tooth is also removed and sealed before the gum tissue is sutured back. Other surgeries include hemisection, root amputation and intentional replantation.
Why did my Root Canal Treatment fail?
As with any medical or dental procedure, the disease may persist after initial treatment or the disease has been treated but re-infection or a new problem occurs. Hence additional procedure is required in order to support healing.
Which is better for me – Endodontic Retreatment or Endodontic Surgery?
There are situations when a non-surgical root canal procedure (root canal treatment or endodontic retreatment) may be insufficient or not an option to save your tooth and endodontic surgery will be recommended:
- To locate fractures or canals previously undetected,
- To bypass calcifications or blockages in root canal systems, or
- To treat damaged root surfaces or surrounding bone, including cyst removal
The treatment options and the chances for success will be discussed with you so that you can make an informed decision.
Is Endodontic Retreatment or Endodontic Surgery painful and can I return to my routine activities after the procedure?
With advanced techniques and anaesthetics, most patients find the treatment comfortable. For the first few days after the procedure, there may be some discomfort and for patients who have undergone endodontic surgery – slight swelling is expected. Appropriate medications will be prescribed and post- operative instructions will be provided. Majority of the patients return to their usual activities the next day. However, if you experience acute pain or swelling, please contact us immediately.
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