Endodontics located in Alexandria, Falls Church, & Arlington, VA
If you’ve had a root canal and experience issues with your restoration, Dominion Endodontics is here for you. The practice offers root canal retreatment at its Alexandria, Falls Church, and Arlington, Virginia, locations. If you experience tooth pain or tooth-restoration damage, schedule a same-day appointment with Dominion Endodontics over the phone or online today.
Root Canal Retreatment
What is root canal retreatment?
Root canal retreatment at Dominion Endodontics is root canal treatment for teeth that were previously treated with root canals. Reasons a root canal might require retreatment include:
- A new tooth infection
- Problems with crowns or fillings
- Hidden canals not identified during initial root canal procedures
Root canal issues might develop right after an initial root canal or many years later.
What are signs I might need root canal retreatment?
If you experience the following signs or symptoms, see Dominion Endodontics for an evaluation to find out if you require root canal retreatment:
- Loose crowns or fillings
- Crown or filling damage
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
- Tooth, gum, or facial swelling
To determine if root canal retreatment is necessary, your Dominion Endodontics provider reviews your symptoms and medical and dental history. They examine the affected tooth and use X-rays to see if root canal retreatment can save your tooth from extraction.
What happens during root canal retreatment?
The goal of root canal retreatment is to eliminate bacteria from the inside of your tooth (the pulp), seal it shut, and protect it from future decay. Prior to treatment, your provider numbs the treatment area to make the procedure feel comfortable. They offer sedation dentistry if you feel anxious.
Your provider removes old fillings and reopens your tooth. They use special dental instruments to identify infected areas of the tooth. Your provider cleans the inside of the tooth to remove infected areas, applies medication to it, refills the pulp chamber, seals the tooth shut, and places a new filling on it.
Your Dominion Endodontics provider fits you for a new dental crown or cap. When it's ready, they cement it in place to strengthen your restored tooth. After root canal retreatment, your tooth might be sensitive for a few days. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort.
How long can a retreated root canal last?
After root canal retreatment, your new restored tooth can last many years or even a lifetime. Care for your teeth by brushing them twice daily, flossing every day, and attending routine dental cleanings and exams. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, popcorn kernels, and other hard objects.
To save a restored tooth from extraction and find out if root canal retreatment is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dominion Endodontics over the phone or online today.