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A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures, with well over 14 million performed every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
Inside every tooth is pulp, the connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that comprise its innermost layer. When the pulp becomes infected, it can damage, weaken and eventually destroy the tooth.
When performing a root canal, a small opening is made in the top of the tooth so the infected pulp inside can be removed, decontaminated and replaced with a permanent filling. Your general dentist will then place a crown on top of the tooth. This simple procedure saves the natural tooth, preventing the need for implants or bridges.
A tooth treated with a root canal can last a lifetime, but occasionally they fail to heal properly or become reinfected months or years after initial treatment. This can require retreatment.
Sometimes root canals fail to properly heal due to areas of infection or new infections that arise due to various reasons such as the formation of new cavities or fractures.
Due to the technical demands of retreatment, it’s crucial they be performed by a skilled Endodontist. During retreatment, the previous root canal filling must first be removed. An extensive disinfection and reshaping then occurs before refilling the tooth and the placement of a new crown.
Sometimes a traditional root canal simply isn’t able
to remove all of the infected area of a tooth. When all else has failed, an apicoectomy is a minor surgery that can be performed as a last effort to save the tooth.
When a tooth’s infected area is too deep and difficult to fully extract, root canals and retreatment may fail. A cyst may also form on the tip of the tooth’s root. In these instances, the only way to potentially save the tooth is by reaching the end of the root and completely removing it.
Using state-of-the-art endodontic techniques and equipment such as dental operating microscopes, a small hole is cut into the bone revealing the tip of the infected tooth’s root. The infection is then removed. The tip of the root is also completely removed and filled to prevent future infection.