Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure designed to relieve pain and save damaged teeth. However, a root canal-treated tooth isn’t immune to tooth decay. That’s why it’s important to maintain meticulous oral hygiene practices. With proper care, a treated tooth can last a lifetime!
Root Canal Treated Teeth and Tooth Decay
The difference between a root-canal treated tooth and a natural one is the absence of the pulp tissues containing the tooth’s nerves and blood supply, meaning there is no sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. However, root canal therapy doesn’t eliminate the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Even though a dental crown is placed on a treated tooth to protect it, tooth decay can form around its edges, where it meets the natural tooth structure. Moreover, new trauma, deep decay, or damaged restorations can cause new infections in the tooth. In rare instances, reinfection can occur if very narrow or curved canals were missed during root canal treatment.
In the unlikely event a root canal treated tooth sustains further decay or damage, Dr. Shakiba may recommend a procedure known as “endodontic retreatment.” It is similar to root canal therapy, with a few extra steps.
After numbing the area, Dr. Shakiba will make a small opening to access the root canal filling material. She will clean out any infection and sterilize and shape the pulp chamber with specialized instruments. She will use a microscope and a light to search for any additional or unusual canals that require treatment. The last step is sealing the root canals with a new filling material and placing a temporary filling. Make sure to return to your general dentist as soon as possible to have a new crown made to protect your tooth and restore its form and function.
Caring for a Treated Tooth
Root canal therapy and endodontic retreatment both require meticulous oral hygiene practices for their success. Make sure to brush and floss regularly and keep up with your routine dental exams and cleanings. It’s also important to limit your consumption of sugary and acidic foods to lower your risk of tooth decay.
Quality Endodontic Services Near Me
Contact Prime Endodontics in Houston, TX, if you suspect that a root canal-treated tooth requires retreatment. Dr. Shakiba will determine the best way to restore your healthy, functional smile. You can always count on her for outstanding, gentle care. Call us and schedule your appointment today!