A toothache can sometimes result in the need for a root canal. If you face a root canal procedure, you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Endodontists, millions of teeth are treated — and saved — this way each year.
Root Canal: The Basics
Many people are familiar with the term root canal yet few fully understand what it means. A basic knowledge of what a root canal is can alleviate any misgivings or fears about the procedure.
A root canal procedure involves removing bacteria from the infected root canal.The infected pulp is removed from inside the tooth, which is then cleaned, disinfected, filled, and sealed. The overall goal of a root canal is to prevent reinfection of, and to save, the natural tooth.
After your endodontist completes your retreatment, you will need to return to your dentist as soon as possible to have a new crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to its full function.
Sometimes, a tooth that has been treated doesn’t heal properly and can become painful or reinfected months or even years after treatment. If your tooth fails to heal or develops new problems, you have a second chance. An additional procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth.
Using our surgical microscope, we are able to remove complex restorative materials like crowns, core material, and fillings. We will then re-clean, re-fill, and re-seal the canals. If the canals are unusually narrow or blocked, we may recommend endodontic surgery.
Retreated teeth can function well for years, even for a lifetime.Be sure to ask the team at Lake Mary Advanced Endodontics about dental retreatment options.