Endodontic Services in Frisco
Cragun Endodontics performs root canal retreatment procedures in Frisco, TX. Call 469-579-4201 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
What Is Root Canal Retreatment?
When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected and inflamed, a root canal procedure is done to remove the infection and seal the tooth to prevent any further bacteria from entering it. Root canals have a high success rate and most patients will no longer have any issues with that tooth.
Every so often, unfortunately, a root canal may fail. This could happen as the result of a new problem, such as a crack in the root area that allowed bacteria to enter. Or, it could be the result of an obstruction that prevented a portion of the area from being properly cleaned and cleared of infection during the initial root canal.
Despite the cause, root canal retreatment is the most common method for treating an infection after a root canal has already been done. During the procedure, your endodontist will unseal the tooth, removing any filling or crown that has been put in place, in order to gain access to the root canals.
The procedure involves the cleaning and clearing of the root canals, treating them for infection, and resealing the tooth. In other words, it is very similar to the initial procedure.
Benefits of Root Canal Retreatment
- Stop the spread of infection further into the gum and bone.
- Prevents tooth extraction.
- Keeps the tooth looking aesthetically pleasing.
- Enhances your overall health.
- A pain-free solution.
Are You a Good Candidate for Root Canal Retreatment?
If you have had a root canal and you are experiencing any of the following involving the same tooth, then you may need a root canal retreatment.
- A chip, crack, or hole in the tooth.
- Painful toothache when chewing or putting pressure on the area.
- Swelling around the gums, face, and/or neck.
- Lingering sensitivity to hot/cold food or beverages.
- A visible abscess on the gum around the tooth.
- Significant pain for seemingly no reason.
Why Choose Cragun Endodontics?
At Cragun Endodontics, we are professionals that strive to make your experience a comfortable one. We understand that many people have a fear or anxiety about dental work - and we use a very patient-focused approach to put those negative feelings at ease. For you, we combine the latest root canal retreatment procedures along with a high level of gentleness.
Dr. Cragun has been Board Certified for over 9 years and has been specially trained in endodontics as well as general dentistry. And his team of dental professionals all bring knowledge, skills, and experience to the practice.
- We are dedicated to providing quality care and commitment to all of our patients.
- We believe trust and honesty are important to the relationships we have with our patients.
- We use state-of-the-art equipment in our modern office.
- We offer comprehensive endodontic treatment.
And, most importantly, we treat you like family.
Is it worth retreating a root canal?
Absolutely! Without retreating your root canal, you risk greater infection that can spread to the gums and jaw bone - or losing your tooth altogether.
Does root canal retreatment use the same procedure as a root canal treatment?
The answer is yes and no. For the most part, once inside the tooth, the treatment is pretty much the same. However, technology is always advancing and so are dental procedures. Depending on how long ago you had your root canal, there may be more advanced treatments methods available today.
Is the retreatment of a root canal painful?
No, the retreatment of a root canal is not painful. It is very similar to your initial root canal treatment. Local anesthesia will be given to numb the area so that you won’t feel anything.
How long does it take a root canal retreatment to heal?
Recovery from a retreatment is rather fast. Everyone heals differently, but most experience mild symptoms of a ‘bruised tooth” for a few days to a week. This can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication. In about 5% of the cases, a severe inflammatory response can occur causing severe discomfort after a retreatment. This is known as a flare-up and will usually require more medications, like antibiotics, steroids, and pain killers to calm this post-op reaction down.
How many times can a root canal be retreated?
Over time, root canal retreatments can be done as many times as necessary.
If you would like to learn more or are ready to schedule an appointment, call 469-579-4201.