Several things may lead to additional complications following a root canal therapy. Sometimes, the problem wasn't eliminated during therapy and in different cases, a new disease might have developed in the tooth. After the tooth shows signs of a disease for the second time, Dr. Justin Becerra will typically recommend an endodontic retreatment. Like the original root canal therapy, an endodontic retreatment can be done to clean out the tooth canals and also remove the existing disease. If you still suffer from pain or signs of a disease following a root canal, schedule an examination at Alpine Dental Arts at Lakewood, CO to decide if you will need an endodontic retreatment or another treatment.
Ideal candidates eligible for an endodontic retreatment are individuals who have had a root canal but are still suffering from signs of an illness in their tooth. The most common sign is discomfort or pain in the tooth that had a root canal therapy. If an endodontic retreatment isn't an option, a tooth extraction or apicoectomy could be performed at Alpine Dental Arts. During your consultation at our office in Lakewood, CO, Dr. Becerra will discuss the most appropriate plan of action to treat the disease and save your tooth if at all possible.
What to Expect
Your endodontic retreatment procedure will be done in our office using anesthesia to temporarily numb the needed region. If the process is extensive or if you've got dental fears, stronger sedation options may be used. As soon as you are prepared, Dr. Becerra will open the tooth and then take out the filling substance placed during the prior procedure. The inside of the tooth, especially each of the canals, will be completely disinfected. Once the tooth is cleaned and analyzed, it'll be fortified with brand new filling material and then sealed. A bridge or crown is usually placed on the treated tooth for protection.
Following your endodontic retreatment, you may want to take a day or two to rest and recover. Dr. Becerra will go over instructions that will help you recover after your endodontic retreatment, including the best method to wash your mouth. You may be given a prescription for pain relievers or antibiotics that need to be taken as directed. As soon as your gums have recovered, you should follow a good home oral hygiene regimen with daily flossing and brushing. In addition, you need to schedule yearly examinations at Alpine Dental Arts so Dr. Becerra can track the treated tooth along with your total oral health.
Based upon the degree of your therapy and sedation options, the amount your dental insurance policy will cover can vary. Prior to your procedure, we'll call your insurer to ascertain what's going to be paid and if there'll be any extra expenses. For individuals who don't have insurance, we accept several payment methods and Dr. Becerra will speak with you about finding medical financing.
Endodontic retreatment at Alpine Dental Arts may be a good procedure to help save your natural tooth and combat additional problems after a root canal treatment. Should you show signs of another disease in a previously treated tooth, get in touch with our office in Lakewood, CO for more information or to plan your appointment with Dr. Becerra.