Dentists may at times come upon patient problems that require additional specialized care from an endodontist in cases such as restorative root canal treatments.
Advances in dental care have significantly improved the procedures and practices in the dental industry and have increased the level of care available to patients. As a result, treatments are more successful than ever before and in many cases treatment results are life-long. Unfortunately, there are some cases in which a previous dental treatment does not heal properly or does not last as long as it should. In these cases, dentists must retreat an area or tooth to prevent further damage or decay.
According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), there are many reasons why root canal retreatment may be required including:
- Complications arise during the initial treatment due to narrow or complex root canal anatomy.
- The crown was not placed in time and the root canal became infected once again.
- A filling was not sealed properly and infection contaminated the tooth again.
- An old root canal was not completed properly and the tooth became infected again over time as restorative sealants or crowns became damaged.
- New decay has allowed bacteria into a previously treated root canal.
In these cases, pain symptoms may not arise immediately, but infections can be detected during routine dental check-ups. If caught early, the prognosis for retreatment is positive and can prevent further infection or tooth decay. When a root canal is retreated, the tooth must be reopened to access the damaged root canal. All old fillings and restorative materials must be removed so the canal can be retreated and cleaned carefully.
Referring Patients for Endodontic Surgery
In the case of complications due to the size, shape, or level of infection of the root canal, endodontic surgery may be recommended. Endodontists have an additional two years of specialized training and are equipped with the latest technology and practices available to provide a more sophisticated level of care.
It is important to review all of the risks, benefits, and alternate treatment options with your patients who require retreatment of a root canal. Your top priority should be to help the patient save their natural tooth and so it is important to explain how retreatment can do that. To provide patients with an additional level of confidence and care, dentists can refer their clients to an endodontist for specialized retreatment. This shows the patient that you have their health and well-being as your top priority and support a comprehensive network of dental care providers to deliver an elevated level of service and patient care.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues within and around the roots of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comercia Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.