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Root Canal Retreatment in Central Florida

Advanced Endodontics provides root canal retreatment in Central FL. Contact one of our offices to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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What is Non-Surgical Root Canal Retreatment? 

A root canal procedure is done to remove the pulp of a tooth when it becomes infected or inflamed. The tooth is disinfected and then sealed to allow it to heal. Most of the time they are highly successful and that is all that is ever needed. Every now and then, however, the endodontist may need to retreat the tooth. 

Once a tooth has had a root canal, it is usually left with a large hole that needs to be sealed – and is often restored with a crown. Until then, the tooth is left vulnerable. And if it cracks in any way, it leaves easy access for bacteria to enter – and infection to take over one more time. This would likely warrant a non-surgical root canal retreatment. 

Another reason this procedure may be needed is if an area of infection was obstructed during the initial root canal. Bits of the infected area may still remain and need to be removed. 

The retreatment procedure itself is much like the original procedure – it will be unsealed, cleaned, disinfected, and then resealed. 

Benefits of Non-Surgical Root Canal Retreatment 

Seeking a root canal retreatment when necessary has some benefits, including:

  • Pain relief

  • Ability to save a natural tooth

  • Enhanced appearance

  • Better oral health – and ultimately overall health

  • Removal of infection

Are You a Good Candidate for Non-Surgical Root Canal Retreatment? 

Those who are good candidates for non-surgical root canal retreatment will have had a root canal, but may still be experiencing:

  • Toothache

  • Pressure on the area

  • Tooth sensitivity – to temperature and/or touch

  • Abscess on the gum near the tooth

  • Swelling of the gums, face, and/or neck

  • A chipped or cracked tooth

Why Choose Advanced Endodontics?

At Advanced Endodontics, we have an understanding and trusting team of dental professionals that treat patients with the utmost care. We use the most advanced procedures and modern technology to be able to always provide a comfortable experience during your root canal retreatment.
It is our mission to be the endodontic practice that patients actually want to visit to find pain relief and to save their teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Retreatment

What is the recovery time for a non-surgical root canal retreatment?
Typically, discomfort can last and peak up to the fourth or fifth day, then start to taper off with each passing day after. The length and levels of discomfort differ from person to person, pending the condition of the tooth. As a rule of thumb, when you wait until you are in pain you will experience discomfort for a few days after the treatment.
Do you place the permanent filling in my tooth?
We place gutta percha in the canal space of a tooth, which is a rubber-like material used for root canals. Gutta percha is a permanent root canal filling. A temporary filling is placed over the gutta percha after a root canal is completed. Your general dentist will place your permanent filling.
Will there be a need for regular maintenance after a root canal?
No, but we will schedule you for follow-ups after treatment pending the condition of the tooth prior to treatment or findings during treatment.
Is extraction better than a root canal retreatment?
No, root canal retreatment gives you a chance to save the natural tooth. It reduces your chance of infection and helps to maintain your oral health.
Does root canal retreatment hurt?
No, root canal retreatment does not hurt. Just as with the initial root canal procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and keep you comfortable during the procedure. You may experience minor discomfort after it wears off, but over-the-counter pain medication should provide relief.
Is root canal retreatment the same procedure as a root canal?
For the most part, yes. Retreatment is going back into the tooth to remove any remaining infection. This procedure uses a surgical microscope to re-clean, re-fill, and re-seal the canals.
Does it take a long time to heal after a root canal retreatment?
Recovery time may vary from person to person, but most patients are back to their normal life within a couple of days following the treatment. It is not uncommon for the tooth to have sensitivity up to a week after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication can provide relief.
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