If you’ve received root canal therapy in the past, only to experience discomfort or throbbing pain years later, your tooth may have never properly healed after your initial treatment. This means that it could have become infected and needs to be treated again. If you notice that a previously treated tooth is causing you discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact Metropolitan Endodontics so we can address the problem as soon as possible.
The purpose of root canal therapy is to remove infected tissues located inside of your tooth and make sure that no harmful oral bacteria remain. Due to various factors like oddly-shaped teeth or restricted canals, all of the harmful debris may not have been removed. If the inside of the tooth somehow became exposed to new bacteria because the tooth had been damaged, the restoration is cracked, or your tooth enamel has been fractured, endodontic retreatment may be necessary in order to preserve your natural tooth.
In order to determine whether you require retreatment, Dr. Shambayati will conduct a thorough examination of your tooth and capture X-ray images to confirm that it has become re-infected. To re-treat your tooth, we’ll start by administering a numbing agent to make sure that you don’t feel any pain. We’ll access through the crown and/or filling agent in your tooth to gain further access to the inner chamber, where the original infection occurred.
Using our surgical microscope, we’ll conduct a thorough cleaning and make sure that no area is accidentally missed or looked over. Afterward, we’ll reseal the canals and temporarily fill and cap-off your tooth until your permanent restoration arrives at our office. When it does, we’ll call you back in to secure it to your tooth and complete the procedure.