Here at the office of Dr. Michael Feinberg, the number one endodontist in Borough Park, perhaps our second most commonly utilized service next to root canal treatment is endodontic retreatment. Endodontic retreatment is essentially a root canal do-over, if the results from the first root canal treatment do not end up lasting or a new infection in the same tooth occurs.
Before understanding endodontic retreatment, it is necessary to understand root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is a treatment that is used if a tooth’s pulp has been infected. The pulp is a collection of soft tissue located at the center of each of your teeth. If a tooth becomes severely decayed, the pulp can then be exposed as a result, which makes it highly vulnerable to bacterial infection. When the pulp becomes infected, severe toothache can result, as well as increased tooth sensitivity, and tooth discoloration. In these cases, our endodontist in Borough Park will use root canal therapy to repair the tooth.
The main goal of root canal therapy is to gain access to the infected pulp, remove it, carefully clean the tooth so it is free of remaining bacteria, and then fill and seal the tooth to prevent re-infection. While most root canal treatments are highly successful and long lasting, in some instances the tooth does not heal as expected, or the tooth becomes infected. In these cases, endodontic retreatment is necessary. Endodontic retreatment is essentially the same as root canal therapy, but in retreatment the filling material is removed and then root canal therapy is performed for a second time.
If you would like to learn more about endodontic retreatment or any of the other various services provided by our expert endodontist in Borough Park, we encourage you to visit Dr. Feinberg’s main website to look through some additional information that you might find useful. If you have any remaining questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with our friendly and helpful staff, feel free to contact us by phone or online. We look forward to working with you, and we hope to see you soon.