Yes, it's possible for a tooth to become infected following root canal therapy. In rare cases, some remnants of the infected pulp may remain in the tooth. This can cause a new infection and could result in an abscess around the tooth. This infection can also cause pain and swelling in the mouth, the jaw, and the face.
Retreatment is designed to save the natural tooth. During root canal retreatment, the dentist will make a small hole in the tooth to reach the site of the original root canal. The core materials that make up the tooth's "filling" are removed and examined to determine why the infection occurred. The tooth is then meticulously cleaned again, making sure that all of the damaged pulp is completely eradicated. In some cases, endodontic surgery may be required to treat the infection and seal the canal fully. A newly-created crown will then be put in place to protect the tooth.
When a root canal fails, there are really only 2 options: Root canal retreatment or removal of the tooth. If patients opt for tooth removal, they will then need to have a dental implant or bridge installed to preserve their ability to chew and to maintain proper teeth alignment. Tooth extraction can end up being more costly and time consuming than root canal retreatment because it often requires additional procedures on the surrounding natural teeth. In general, keeping the natural tooth is almost always the preferred option. The team at Beverly Hills Specialty Dental Care can work with each patient to help them determine whether root canal retreatment or extraction of the tooth is the better option in their specific situation.
At Beverly Hills Specialty Dental Care, we accept most PPOs, select HMO plans for root canal treatment, as well as UC Ship. UC Ship is a system wide plan that provides health benefits to all enrolled students. Here is a list of insurances that we take for PPO plans. Please contact our office for a full list or with any insurance questions.
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