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Common Endodontic Treatments Posted on January 7, 2020

When you are preparing to have an endodontic procedure, it is essential to understand what your treatment options are and what each procedure entails. There is a range of treatment options for repairing your teeth, so it is crucial to understand your options so you can weigh the pros and cons of each.

It is critical to get proper care for your teeth to maintain a healthy mouth and reduce your need for future dental work. With the right endodontic treatment, your teeth, in many cases, can last a lifetime. In many cases, your tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment.

Two of the most common endodontic treatments include:

  • Endodontic Retreatment
  • Apicoectomy

Endodontic Retreatment for Painful or Failed Root Canals

The majority of root canal treatments can last a lifetime, but ff you’ve had a root canal in the past, and it is now giving you problems, endodontic treatment is an excellent treatment option. A root canal can fail due to a number of factors, including:

  • Damaged tooth for Root CanalPossible canal anatomy was missed
  • Canals were very narrow or curved, leaving your previous doctor unable to treat them
  • Final restoration was not placed soon enough after the procedure
  • Root of the tooth could be fractured

If the tooth develops new decay around the margins of the crown or filling or if a filling or crown becomes loose, develops a crack, or is broken, endodontic retreatment is a treatment option. The process for this treatment is as follows:

A local anesthetic is administered, and the tooth isolated with a rubber dam. The tooth is then assessed, and any post and build-up are removed to access the canal system. After this, the filling material is removed. After your retreatment, you will need to make an appointment with your restorative dentist to restore your tooth properly. After endodontic retreatment, Pittsburgh patients can expect a follow-up call from Endodontics in Cranberry to ensure you are not experiencing any issues.

Apicoectomy After Non-Surgical Root Canal Treatment

After you’ve had a root canal, the treatment will typically last, but in some cases, it doesn’t. Once you’ve had a non-surgical root canal treatment, but are still experiencing an infection or develop one after the root canal, an apicoectomy is a treatment that can help.

An apicoectomy is a minor procedure that removes the very tip or the apex of the tooth’s root. For this treatment, you will first be given local anesthesia. An incision will then be made into the gum near the tooth. This will expose and help to get rid of any infected or inflamed tissue. The tips of the tooth’s root will also be removed, and the end of the root canal will be sealed with a filling. Stitches will be put in place to close the incision in the gum. As you recover, the bone will heal around the end of the tooth root.

Swelling and discomfort may be experienced by some patients, but most will be able to continue normal daily activities. If you are experiencing issues with a tooth that was previously treated with a root canal, you may need an apicoectomy. Pittsburgh patients can contact Endodontic in Cranberry to schedule an appointment.

Quality, Compassionate Endodontic Care

Dr. Semashko and his team provide the best in endodontic care to patients in the Pittsburgh area. When you receive treatment at our office, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!