Root canal therapy is used to treat teeth that have internal infections or damage. In cases where the infection did not fully resolve or recurred again after the initial root canal therapy, general dentist Dr. Andrew LeQuang may recommend endodontic retreatment. These teeth may have accessory canals that went undetected when first treated or new problems may develop with a previously root canal-treated tooth months or years later. To retreat teeth in such a case, Dr. LeQuang will perform root canal retreatment and go back into the tooth, clear our any residual or new infection, and disinfect and reshape the canals. If you have tooth pain, swelling, or other symptoms related to a tooth previously root canal treated, schedule an evaluation at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX as soon as possible. Endodontic retreatment may be necessary to save the tooth to bring comfort back to your smile.
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Teeth that have received a root canal at any point in the past and are still exhibiting signs of infection or have developed new symptoms may be best addressed with endodontic retreatment. You may benefit from a root canal retreatment procedure if you are experiencing new or recurring tooth pain, aches, swelling, infection, or abscess in a tooth that received root canal treatment at some point in the past.
As an experienced general dentist, Dr. LeQuang is skilled in endodontic therapy and will do everything he can to save an infected tooth from needing an extraction. Though technology has brought forth fantastic options for tooth replacement, nothing is as good as your natural tooth. When endodontic retreatment is not feasible, however, he may recommend an apicoectomy (removal of a tooth root) or tooth extraction to save your oral health. Get in touch with our Katy, TX full-service practice for an endodontic consultation and learn about your options for treating your oral condition.
What to Expect
Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX is known as a place where patients and their families can visit for comfortable, full-service dental care. If you need post-root canal treatment, Dr. LeQuang and our team will do our best to ensure a comfortable, positive experience. Because the tooth is no longer vital, the chances of you experiencing any discomfort are very low but we will still numb your tooth and jaw to ensure that your visit is pleasant. Sedation dentistry can also be part of your treatment if you are nervous about receiving dental care.
To begin your endodontic retreatment procedure, we will create an opening once again in the tooth and remove the filling material placed during the original root canal procedure. Dr. LeQuang will carefully assess your condition and then eliminate any infected areas of tissue and search for accessory root canals. Once your tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, he will reshape your canals and reapply filling material from the bottom up. A new sedative filling will top off your tooth and remain in place until your tooth heals. To fully protect your tooth and protect against further damage, Dr. LeQuang will place a new restoration or dental crown once your tooth has fully recovered and is stable.
Recovering from endodontic retreatment is nearly identical to that of your original root canal procedure. For the first few days after your care, you should probably take it easy and refrain from any physically challenging activities. You will be given instructions on how to take care of your tooth and may receive a prescription for antibiotics to treat any infection. Any minor discomfort can generally be relieved with non-prescription pain medication. Daily brushing, flossing, and good overall home care techniques can help keep your teeth as healthy as possible moving forward. Dr. LeQuang will routinely evaluate your root canal-retreated tooth at your dental exam and cleaning visits. However, please let us know if symptoms redevelop at any point following your procedure.
Depending on your specific plan, your endodontic retreatment procedure may be covered in part by dental insurance. We will contact your provider to learn your exact coverage amounts and help you maximize your insurance benefits. Dr. LeQuang and our team here at Made Ya Smile believe that all patients have the right to enjoy a healthy smile free from disease and discomfort. If you need a root canal retreatment and do not have insurance or incur personal costs, please talk to our business team about our flexible payment options and learn more about easy and low-cost financing plans.
Keep tooth infections that occur after initial treatment with root canal therapy from affecting the quality of your oral health and smile. Root canal retreatment addresses new or recurring infections in teeth that are exhibiting pain, swelling, or other symptoms in the months or years following endodontic therapy. Dr. LeQuang will do everything possible to save your tooth and your smile from tooth extraction and sometimes this involves retreating a tooth that has already received root canal treatment. Contact Made Ya Smile to schedule a visit at our full-service Katy, TX practice and learn if endodontic retreatment is the right approach for your oral health needs.