Each of your teeth has three layers: the enamel which protects your tooth, the dentin and finally, the pulp, which contains everything your tooth needs to stay alive and healthy. If bacteria should reach that pulp through a cavity or damage, the resulting infection can cause discomfort and swelling and possibly require an extraction. But you do not have to risk your tooth. Our dentist, Dr. Abid Hidayat, can offer root canal therapy in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, to preserve your tooth and your smile. If you are concerned about the health of one of your teeth, call The Smile Team today for your appointment.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure used to save teeth that are damaged or infected. It involves removing the damaged or infected pulp, cleaning and shaping the root canal, and then filling and sealing it (usually with a dental crown) to prevent further infection. In most cases, root canal therapy is successful in saving the tooth and eliminating the pain associated with the infection. However, there are instances when the procedure may fail, and the tooth becomes infected again. This is where root canal retreatment comes in.
Root canal retreatment is similar to the initial procedure, but it involves reopening the tooth and removing the old filling materials. This is done to identify any new infection or missed canals that may have caused the previous treatment to fail. Once the root canals are thoroughly cleaned and reshaped, new filling material is placed, and a temporary filling is used to seal the tooth. The tooth is then left to heal before a new crown or restoration is placed to protect it.
Root canal retreatment is not often necessary, and in some cases, other options such as tooth extraction may be considered. However, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, it is essential to consult a dental professional as soon as possible to determine the cause of the problem and the best course of action.
For more information about root canal therapy and to make an appointment, please contact our team today. Our experienced dentist can assess your situation and provide you with the necessary guidance to restore your smile to optimal health.