Although root canal treatment has a success rate of over 95%, as with any other medical or dental procedure, infection or inflammation may persist or recur. Root canals are slender, forking passageways deep inside the tooth that contain the nerves and blood vessels of the soft dental pulp. This anatomy makes them prone on occasion to pain, discomfort or infection many months, years or even decades after the initial root canal. As with the original infection, the most common sign of a failed root canal is pain, whether it occurs when you eat or it’s persistent pain that doesn’t go away. When infection or symptoms recur, root canal retreatment is usually the best option to preserve your tooth. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, the team at Embrace Dental Care has the right skills and expertise to deliver painless root canal retreatment in Florence, KY and Louisville, KY that can save your smile.
As with the original root canal, a small hole is made in the crown of your tooth to gain access to the root canal. In many cases, the old restorative crown must be removed to permit access to the root canals. Then the previous root canal filling materials are removed and the canals are thoroughly cleaned and examined. We use special instrumentation to inspect the canals and look for unusual anatomy that may require additional treatment. After cleaning and shaping the canals, they’re sealed with a temporary filling. If we find unusually narrow or blocked canals, an apicoectomy may be necessary. After successful completion and recovery from root canal retreatment in Louisville, KY and Florence, KY, a new crown or restoration is required to protect and restore the tooth to its full form and function.
When we recommend retreatment, it’s because we feel it’s the best way to preserve a tooth for many years to come. Retaining your natural teeth is always preferred to extracting and replacing them with dental implants or bridges. While the upfront cost of root canal therapy is higher, tooth extraction leads to the need for more time-consuming treatment and long-term costs. The cost of root canal retreatment varies based on the complexity of your case. Removing prior crowns and filling material, as well as any extra time spent assessing and treating unusual canal anatomy will likely result in higher costs than the initial root canal. Dental insurance usually covers part of or the entire cost of retreatment; however, some policies limit coverage to a single procedure on a tooth in a given time period. We offer in-house financing and partner with several third-party financing companies to make root canal retreatment in Louisville, KY and Florence, KY even more affordable.
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