Root canals allow dentists to clear the infection and prevent tooth loss for patients with infected tooth roots and dental pulp. However, just like many medical treatments, they aren’t always successful. The endodontists at Conyers Endodontic Center offer root canal retreatment for patients in the Conyers, GA, area to address remaining decay and help your tooth recover so you won’t need an extraction. So, what is endodontic treatment, and who might need a second procedure?
Root canal treatment is used to restore teeth that have infections in the root. Once bacteria have breached the enamel, it’s only a matter of time before they infect the root of your tooth. Your teeth are connected to a series of nerves, and the infection can cause pain in the tooth, jaw, face, and neck. For some, the pain is so severe they can’t sleep, even after taking mediation. Root canals can offer fast relief from pain and tooth sensitivity, but they can also save your tooth.
During a root canal, the dentist will create a small hole in the crown and remove decay and infected tissues. Once they reach the root canals, they will continue to clear out the infection and apply medications. In many cases, they will apply a small fiber-reinforced resin post to support the crown. Next, they will fill the tooth roots with a rubber putty to seal out bacteria and use a dental filling to add structure to the tooth. Most root canals will also require a dental crown to prevent your tooth from fracturing and restore your teeth’ full functionality.
While many patients may feel nervous, the process is entirely painless, and there is minimal discomfort. Most patients notice an immediate improvement in pain after the procedure, while some will feel sore for about 24 hours. Root canals are effective about 90% of the time, but some patients with complex root structures may need additional treatment to clear out the infection.
There are two reasons you may need additional root canal therapy on your tooth. If you develop new decay down the road, the infection can spread back into the tooth root. In other cases, your dentist may not have cleared all of the infected tissue out of some of the curved or narrow canals because of complex anatomy, or you may have saliva that contaminated the treatment area. It can occur within a few months, or sometimes after a year or more. If you have pain and sensitivity in your teeth after root canal therapy, our team can help.
Our team has invested in advanced technology to improve patient outcomes and help us plan your procedure precisely. We utilize Cone Beam CT scans and digital x-rays that help us see your anatomy in unrivaled detail. We use surgical microscopes that help us see every tiny detail during the procedure to fully clear your infection and get you the relief you need. To learn more about how we can help, contact our office in Conyers, GA, today at (470) 486-6025 to set up a consultation.
Treating dental pulp issues and saving patients’ natural teeth are the objectives of the skilled and experienced endodontists at Conyers Endodontic Center.
The team is led by Dr. Rolin Desir, a board-eligible endodontist who is on track to obtain a diplomate status in endodontics, the highest recognition for an endodontist. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American and Georgia Dental Associations, and Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Alison St. Paul, a board-certified endodontist and a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, holds membership in the American Association of Endodontics and American and Georgia Dental Associations. Dr. Candace De Veaux is a member of the American and Georgia Associations of Endodontists, American and National Dental Associations, and North Georgia Dental Society and also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve Dental Corps.
Together, they help patients’ retain their natural teeth and smiles.