What is Endodontic Retreatment?

Endodontics in GlendaleBecause no treatments are ever absolute, it is not uncommon for some patients to require retreatment. In dentistry, endodontic procedures also sometimes result in the wound not healing as expected, or the disease processes recurring because not all of the symptoms were properly managed the first time. In cases where endodontic retreatment is required, Dr. Edwin Babadjanian and his team of professionals will be able to give you the best possible care to mitigate the disease and resolve persistent issues consistent with the underlying condition.For endodontic retreatment, it is imperative that the root of the complication is accurately determined to enable your dentist to manage it correctly. Several reasons may constitute the causes that would require endodontic retreatment. It is possible that the anatomy of the root canals were not properly determined during the initial procedure resulting in mistreatment of some of the parts that were not identified by the dentist, leaving it contaminated and allowing the disease to progress even after the procedure. Instances have also been documented wherein the restoration, or the filling that was supposed to seal off the tooth, did not effectively prevent salivary contamination, which then resulted in another bout of infection. Another common reason for endodontic retreatment is the wear and tear that teeth normally undergo on a daily basis and that may result in tooth decay and cracked, chipped, or fractured enamels, which are known proponents of tooth infection.

To be able to carry out endodontic retreatment, the dentist will have to reopen the tooth by disassembling any fillings or sealants that may have been applied initially, so that he can gain access to the root canals or tooth chambers again. Once they gain access to these chambers, specialized tools will be used to magnify and illuminate possible sections of the tooth that were not seen initially and that require treatment. The endodontist will then proceed to cleaning and sealing the canals as in a normal procedure, and complete the retreatment by sealing off the tooth with a new restoration that fits better and that will effectively prevent a recurrence of the contamination.

As with any other endodontic procedure, the main goal of endodontic retreatment is to save the tooth and preserve it in the mouth without having to extract it. It is always best to try and keep your natural teeth for as long as you can. Nothing compares to having your natural teeth intact no matter how real or life like all the other restorations can be. Consult your dentist now and find out of endodontic retreatment is right for you.

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