Root canal treatments are an important tool in your dentist’s toolkit and are essential to preserving teeth that would have to be extracted otherwise. The process is routine and carries very little risk of complications, but they do occur. When they do arise, further treatment is necessary to restore the integrity of the tooth and ensure that extraction doesn’t have to happen. The treatment used when this occurs is known as Endodontic Retreatment and can ensure that your root canal takes properly and you retain a smile with all of your teeth.
What Is A Root Canal Treatment?
Beneath the hard outer layer of enamel, nestled within the dentin inside your tooth, is found a gelatinous substance known as pulp. This pulp is the heart and nerve center of your tooth, containing blood vessels and nervous tissue. When decay allows bacteria to get into the tooth, it’s possible for it to become infected. Infections of the pulp can be painful and can require that the pulp be cleansed from the inside of the tooth and replaced with a material known as gutta-percha. Once this is in place, a crown will be applied to seal and complete the repair.
What Can Go Wrong With A Root Canal Treatment?
In spite of the typical diagrams that show the structure of a tooth, each tooth has its own unique internal geography. There is more than one ‘canal’ that runs through the root of the tooth, and some of them have branches that come off the main one. All of these are places that infection and decay can hide and take hold again. Additionally, if the crown on the root canal is not properly taken care of, it is possible for it to become loose and allow bacteria to penetrate the inner tooth. It’s also possible for new damage to the tooth due to trauma or new decay to reintroduce infection into the inner chamber of the tooth. In all of these cases, endodontic retreatment may be necessary to set things back in order.
What Is An Endodontic Retreatment?
Endodontic retreatment is a process that is used to restore the health of your tooth. The first step of t his treatment involves the removal of the crown to gain access to the previously used gutta-percha in your tooth. This is then removed to allow full access to the interior of your tooth and any potential problems. The infection is once again cleansed from the interior of your tooth, and the chamber resanitized. Once the tooth has been treated, it is refilled with fresh gutta-percha, and a new cap is put in place. In addition, any external cavities or damage will be repaired using appropriate techniques.
Once this procedure is complete, your tooth should be ready to last you a lifetime. If you’re concerned that you may be in need of endodontic retreatment, reach out to 3D Dentistry and Dr. Victor Bustos today. We’ll schedule an appointment with you at our Bradenton, FL location at a time convenient for you.