Root Canal Retreatment
Root Canal Retreatment Specialist in NYC
When a tooth that’s had a root canal develops symptoms, retreatment may be necessary to treat an underlying issue. At Midtown Endodontist NYC in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood, Dr. Steven Lipner uses cutting-edge root canal retreatment techniques to care for teeth that develop symptoms after an initial root canal procedure.
What is a root canal retreatment procedure?
Root canal retreatment is a technique that’s used when a root canal doesn’t achieve the desired results. In most cases, root canals are successful in treating deep infection or other damage to the tooth’s pulp. But in some cases, a tooth treated with a root canal can wind up becoming infected and painful again. People with complex root canal structures or improperly applied sealants are often more prone to developing infections and other problems following a root canal. Retreatment treats infections and seals the canal area to avoid additional damage and preserve the integrity of the tooth.
What is involved in a root canal retreatment?
During the retreatment procedure, special techniques will be used to access the damaged or infected area so debris can be removed and medication can be administered to treat any infection. Depending on the location of the damage, the tooth may be accessed from the top or from the lower portion of the tooth near the root. The area will receive a new filling and sealant to prevent additional problems from developing. Sometimes, the tip of the root will be removed in a procedure called apicoectomy.
Symptoms of retreatment of a root canal
Most people who need to have a root canal retreated have symptoms like pain and tenderness in the tooth or the gum surrounding it. In some cases, a pus-filled abscess may also develop. Other times, an issue won’t be uncovered until a dental x-ray reveals a problem at or near the root or inside the tooth structure. If you’re experiencing any symptoms in a tooth that has had a root canal, you should make an appointment right away to be evaluated to determine if a retreatment procedure is warranted.
Author: Dr. Steven Lipner