If your tooth has been injured or is diseased, endodontic treatment may be able to save it. Endodontic treatment can help you to maintain your natural smile, and you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods while you reduce your need for future dental work.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is used to correct severely cracked, decayed, and injured teeth after the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. If not treated in a timely manner, pain and abscesses could result.
A root canal is usually completed within one or two dental visits, depending on the required treatment plan and the presence of infection. After restoration – which will include a crown – your tooth will function like any of the natural teeth in your mouth.
With proper dental hygiene and care, teeth that have endodontic treatment can last a lifetime. Occasionally, a tooth that has previously received treatment could fail to heal properly, or you may continue to experience pain. Every root canal procedure is different, and while they are highly successful, you may need retreatment if you experience a problem.
Improper healing from a root canal treatment can be due to a variety of factors. Some of the most common causes include:
- Infection resulting from new decay that has been exposed to the canal
- Loose or cracked fillings/crowns, which expose the tooth to new infection
- Complicated anatomy of the tooth, including canals that went undetected during your first procedure
- Narrow or curved canals that did not receive treatment during your initial root canal
- Restorations that failed to prevent salivary contamination to the inner chamber of the tooth.
If your dentist recommends retreatment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic before the tooth is reopened. The filling material will be removed so that the root canals can be examined and cleaned again. Essentially, the root canal treatment process will be completed a second time, with careful attention to look for any hidden canals.
If you are in need of endodontic treatment, call us at Complete Dental today.