We understand that you probably don’t want to have root canal done even once, despite the fact that advancements in the field of endodontics has made root canal a much more comfortable experience. The good news is that most root canals are successful. In fact, over 90% of them are. The bad news is that there are a small number, less than 10% that fail. Here at Mid-County Endodontic Group P.A., we have solutions for you in that instance.
Unsuccessful root canal can be the result of a new infection or improper healing. There are three possible ways to deal with one, and which is applicable will depend on the individual situation. Sometimes, the tooth is beyond saving. If so, it will need to be extracted. There is also a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy, or a root end resection. And then there is endodontic retreatment. At its core, this procedure, which is non-surgical, requires that our top dentist in Westwood do the root canal over again. This means removing the crown from the tooth to gain access to the canals. Remember, the pulp and nerve were removed as part of the original root canal. The canals are re-cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. You’ll need a new crown, but our top dentist in Westwood will fit you with a temporary one in the meantime. It’s essential to keep the tooth protected. Do not be fooled into thinking that it is easier to extract the tooth. It is always worth the effort to save the tooth. A tooth removed leaves empty space, which can cause your others to shift and result in discomfort and maybe push your jaws out of alignment. In addition, you’ll need a bridge or implant to replace it, necessitating expenditure of time and money.
Our top dentist in Westwood makes your oral well-being a top priority, and the expert performance of endodontic retreatment is a big part of that. Call us to arrange a session.