When working with patients who require retreatment of a root canal, it is a good idea to partner with an endodontic team to provide an elevated level of collaborative care.
Root canal treatments are generally so efficient that they last a lifetime. However, even when teeth have been treated properly, there is still a small chance for reinfection. If a tooth becomes painful or diseased months or years following treatment an additional procedure may be necessary to save the tooth. In these situations, the American Association of Endodontics recommends that the treatment is completed by an endodontist due to the more complicated nature of the procedure.
Offer Specialized Care for Root Canal Retreatment Cases
When working with patients who need to have a root canal retreated, it is important to explain how the procedure is still the best option for saving their natural tooth. By referring patients to an endodontist for retreatment, you can give them peace of mind that the treatment will be completed properly. Endodontists have extensive training in diagnosing and treating tooth infection including unique circumstances including:
- Narrow or curved canals that are difficult to treat
- Complicated canal anatomy
- Improper restoration placement and sealing
- New decay that exposes treated areas to infection
- Loose, cracked, or damaged crowns
- Fractured teeth
To treat this type of infection, an endodontist will remove old filling materials and examine and clean the tooth canal again. Once the infection has been identified and removed, the tooth will be sealed again and prepared for a new crown. Treatment can be coordinated between the endodontist and dentist. In many cases, an endodontist will complete the root canal treatment and then refer the patient back to the general dentist to place the crown and complete follow-up care.
Give Your Patients the Best Care Possible
By collaborating with an endodontist, dentists can provide an elevated level of care for their patients. A strong partnership with an endodontic practice provides patients with expanded access to oral care especially in emergency, severe, or complicated situations. This gives patients extra confidence knowing they have an entire collaborative dental team looking out for their best interest.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside 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 Comerica Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.