For some patients, a root canal-treated tooth does not heal as expected or develops a new infection months or years later, leaving the tooth, jaw, and general health at further risk. Endodontic retreatment may be necessary, in these cases, to eliminate the diseased tissue and protect the tooth from extraction and other serious health concerns. If you are having discomfort, swelling, or other signs of infection in a previously root canal-treated tooth, please schedule a visit with our expert endodontic specialist at PDADental right away. Our endodontist may need to retreat the tooth by cleaning out and resterilizing the tooth, smoothing the interior portion and canals, and strengthening the tooth from within using a biocompatible material. Get in touch with our Financial District, Lower Manhattan, NY practice if you are experiencing signs of infection in a tooth following root canal therapy.
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Endodontic retreatment of a root canal may be necessary if the previously treated tooth failed to heal properly or developed a new infection, or if small accessory canals remained undetected during the original procedure. Signs and symptoms commonly indicating the need for retreatment include gum or jaw swelling, a pimple-like bump close to the tooth, tooth pain, or evidence of infection around the roots visible on an x-ray. While our team is highly skilled at treating a range of complexities and endodontic retreatment needs, some cases may be best resolved with an apicoectomy or tooth extraction.
What to Expect
During any type of procedure at PDADental, our caring team always places your comfort and concerns as our top priority. Rest assured, we will do everything possible to help ensure you remain relaxed and at ease when receiving care in our modern New York City dental practice. Once your tooth and surrounding tissues are numb, our qualified endodontist will reopen the tooth and remove the original filling material. Using innovative technology, we will seek to identify the source of the new or recurring infection and search for any accessory canals that may not be visible on your x-ray. We will then clean out the infection from within the tooth and roots and disinfect these areas. The tooth will be filled, sealed, and given time to heal. When the retreated tooth has fully recovered, our team will place a new crown or restoration over the tooth to restore its function and cosmetic appearance. Our same-day CAD/CAM technology allows us to create and place your new restoration within a single visit.
You may wish to take a few days and rest following your endodontic retreatment procedure. Special instructions on how to take care of your teeth and gums will be provided to you by our team. Any swelling or discomfort around the treated tooth can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses against the face. Depending on your health needs, a prescription for antibiotics may be given to help control the infection and prevent it from impacting your systemic health. Good home care coupled with regular cleaning and exam visits at PDADental can help minimize your risk of further dental problems moving forward. We will be sure to monitor the health of your treated tooth at your future appointments.
At PDADental, we strive to help New York City patients find the effective solutions needed for lasting health. To determine if your insurance provides coverage for endodontic retreatment care, a member of our billing team will review your plan and inform you of any estimated personal costs. Our wide variety of payment options, including special medial financing, can make getting the comprehensive dental care your family needs convenient and affordable.
When it comes to endodontic needs, visiting a specialist and dedicated team offers the highest standard of care for your smile. Our endodontic specialist has advanced expertise and skill in treating complex root canal conditions and saving teeth from extraction. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or other symptoms of infection in a root canal-treated tooth, please contact PDADental in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, NY right away to schedule an endodontic retreatment consultation.