Root canals are some of the most common oral health procedures that are performed. Although the treatment is considered very effective, a root canal may fail to remove all of the infection in about 5% of patients. As a result, the pain and inflammation may return, sometimes years after the root canal therapy. In these cases, Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung recommend endodontic retreatment.

What Is Endodontic Retreatment?

Endodontic retreatment is a secondary procedure that is recommended by Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung to correct any problems that arise after your first root canal. The procedure is similar to a root canal with the goal being to remove bacteria, infection, and damaged tissues. Endodontic retreatment is slightly different, though, because a special microscope is used to locate any smaller signs of tissue damage and infection. In this way, endodontic retreatment is much more precise than root canal treatment.

Why Do You Need Endodontic Retreatment?

Root canal procedures are only about 95% successful. There is always a chance that some of the damaged tissue and infection is not removed during the procedure. For some patients in Palm Desert, the body, with the support of antibiotics, clears out any remaining infection. Unfortunately, though, sometimes the infection is not resolved, and you develop problems in the same tooth months or years later.

What Is the Procedure for Endodontic Retreatment?

For your endodontic retreatment, Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung drill an opening in the affected tooth, much the same way as your original root canal. A special dental microscope is used to locate infection and damaged tissues which are removed with special instruments and medication. The tooth is then sealed closed.

What to Expect After Endodontic Retreatment

Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress. A second endodontic retreatment may be needed if they detect signs of ongoing infection. Mild discomfort is normal after endodontic retreatment, and nonprescription medications can help you remain comfortable. Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung may recommend periodic exams to check the tooth and recommend treatments to prevent an extraction.

How Often Will You Need Endodontic Retreatment?

Endodontic retreatment may completely resolve the issue with your tooth, and you may not need retreatment in the future. Some patients in Palm Desert, though, experience stubborn tooth infections that require treatment every few months or years.

Schedule Your Appointment for Endodontic Retreatment Today

Call Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Endodontics today to schedule an appointment for endodontic retreatment and other oral health services. Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung perform a thorough exam to determine if endodontic retreatment is the best option.