It’s everyone’s goal, particular that of our Dyker Heights endodontist, Michael Feinberg, DDS, to make sure you can avoid endodontic treatment whenever possible. But we all know that root canal is sometimes absolutely necessary. Despite the best of treatment, however, there are times when you will still need additional care. What happens when your root canal needs to be retreated?
One of the major advantages of root canal treatment is that the teeth worked on can last as long as any other tooth in your mouth. It is not impossible, though, for complications to set in. A re-infection can occur or healing does not progress as hoped. Sometimes a tooth might have four root canals instead of three and your dentist did not catch the fourth. There are several reasons why the original endodontic procedure might need to be addressed. While it is certainly not an ideal situation, the good news is that successful retreatment is possible. Our Dyker Heights endodontist will help you to understand the steps required and to make you feel comfortable with it.
The first step of the process will require that Dr. Feinberg reopen the tooth. This usually requires removing the crown, the post and filling so that he can gain access to the root canals. Our Dyker Heights endodontist will then clean the root canals and check to see if any other concerns need attention. The canals will then be filled and resealed and you will receive a temporary crown. You will then go to see your dentist as soon as possible to be fitted for a new permanent crown.
Another benefit to retreatment is that it allows our Dyker Heights endodontist to save your natural tooth. It is very likely that the retreated tooth will last you for years, possibly as long as your other natural teeth. It is best to discuss with Dr. Feinberg what your choices are to work together to decide the best option for you. Depending upon a variety of factors, including the cost of the procedure, retreatment might not be right for your situation. But for many people, it is the best way to go.