About Endodontic Retreatment
MINT dentistry is proud to offer comprehensive solutions to care for your smile, including advanced endodontic services. There are several issues that may lead to additional problems in a tooth months or years after a root canal has been performed. In some cases, the inflammation was not fully treated during therapy or a new infection developed. Among other cases, teeth may have small accessory canals that were not detected during the original procedure. When teeth show signs of an infection for a second time, the board-certified professionals at MINT dentistry may recommend an endodontic retreatment. This advanced procedure is similar to root canal therapy and entails cleaning out the canals, disinfecting the area, and reshaping the internal portions of the tooth. If you still suffer from signs of an infection after a root canal has been performed, visit our Houston, TX office to learn if an endodontic retreatment can bring wellness back to your smile.
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Best Candidates for Endodontic Retreatment
Ideal candidates for an endodontic retreatment are often those who have received a root canal but are still experiencing symptoms of internal damage or infection inside a tooth. Some of the more common symptoms of this condition include swelling, pain or discomfort, or an abscess. In cases where a root canal retreatment is not an option, a tooth extraction or an apicoectomy (root tip removal) could be completed at MINT dentistry. At your treatment consultation, our experienced dental experts will go over the best course of action to help save your tooth and improve your oral health.
What to Expect With Endodontic Retreatment
When you arrive at MINT dentistry, we will offer you a pair of fashionable MINT sunglasses and Beats headphones so you can listen to music during your visit. Endodontic retreatments are completed under local anesthesia, which may be paired with a sedation service to further enhance your treatment comfort. As soon as you are prepped, one of our skilled dentists will reopen the tooth and then remove the filling material placed in the prior procedure. The inside of the tooth will be cleared of inflamed tissue and disinfected, and the canals will be reshaped. It will then be fortified with brand new material and sealed off. After healing has occurred, a new restoration (such as a dental crown) may be created to protect your treated tooth.
Endodontic Retreatment Aftercare
Following a root canal retreatment, you may wish to take a few days to rest and recover before returning to your normal routine. Specific post-treatment instructions, including recommendations on caring for your mouth, will be provided by our MINT team. You might be given a prescription for antibiotics or pain relievers that needs to be taken as directed. Maintaining proper oral hygiene at home each day is essential for keeping your teeth and gums in good shape. In addition, you should schedule biannual cleanings and exams at MINT dentistry so our caring team can track the condition of your treated tooth and your overall oral wellness.
The MINT Commitment
A portion of an endodontic retreatment procedure may be covered under some dental insurance policies. Before your visit, we'll call your insurance provider to confirm coverage amounts and let you know if there'll be any out-of-pocket expenses for your care. For individuals who don't have insurance, we offer a special MINT Discount Plan to help make treatment more budget-friendly. MINT dentistry also accepts a variety of convenient payment methods, and we can help you apply for low-interest medical financing.
Save Teeth With Endodontic Retreatment
MINT dentistry is proud to offer the solutions you need for a dazzling, healthy smile. An endodontic retreatment from our board-certified doctors may be a successful method to help treat and save a tooth that remains infected after root canal therapy. If you have symptoms of a tooth infection, schedule a visit at our Houston, TX office to learn more about root canal retreatment or other possible solutions.