Root Canal Retreatment - Irvine Endodontist
At Northwood Endodontics, our goal is to help you maintain the best possible oral health.
Unfortunately, extensive tooth decay and infection can put your teeth at risk. If an infection spreads to the innermost part of the tooth, “the pulp,” it can cause immense pain and discomfort. Ultimately, it can threaten the life of a tooth. We always try to save a tooth from extraction. If you have an infection within the pulp, we may recommend root canal therapy. If you find the same tooth bothering you in the months and years that follow your root canal, you may need retreatment.
WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
During a root canal, Dr. Michelle Lee will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and eliminate discomfort. Next, we use a small instrument to access the inside of the tooth and clear away any damaged or decayed pulp. Once all the affected material is removed, we flush out the area with an antimicrobial solution to reduce your risk of further infection. We then dry the empty chamber and fill it with a rubber-like material.
After the tooth has been properly prepared, we will close the opening with a temporary filling. A tooth that has undergone a root canal can become brittle and unstable. To protect the tooth, we must cap it with a dental crown. The fabrication process typically takes a few weeks. Once your crown is ready, we will permanently bond it to the enamel.