Philadelphia Root Canal Therapy
As a comprehensive dental care provider, Walnut Street Smiles provides root canal treatment to residents of Philadelphia and surrounding communities. With high level training and equipment, Walnut Street Smiles makes endodontic therapy a much more streamlined and enjoyable experience for patients.
Even with the best care, endodontic treatments occasionally need to be repeated. The most common repeated endodontic treatment is for an unsuccessful root canal that leads to endodontic infection. Initial treatments may fail for many reasons. Repeated endodontic treatments are used to restore the health of your tooth and prevent surgical treatment or tooth removal.
Endodontic retreatment may be necessary because of improper healing following root canal treatment. This may happen if curved, narrow, or complexly shaped canals were not detected or treated during the initial treatment. Leakage and contamination may occur if the crown or restoration was not placed in time or if it did not completely seal the tooth. New problems may occur as well and contribute to endodontic infection, including new decay, cracked teeth, or loose fillings.
You may experience symptoms months or years after your initial root canal treatment. Your tooth may hurt, feel sensitive, be unstable, or appear discolored. You should contact your dentist as soon as you experience symptoms.
Your dentist can diagnose an endodontic infection with a thorough dental examination. Your dentist will look at your tooth on X-rays and may perform some simple diagnostic tests. Your dentist will refer you to an endodontist, a dentist with special training in tooth and gum disease, for endodontic retreatment.
The length of your treatment depends on the extent of your condition. Endodontic retreatment typically is completed in one to three visits. A local anesthesia will numb your gums for the procedure.
Your endodontist will make a small opening and remove the buildup material, obstructions, and filling from your former root canal. Your endodontist will carefully inspect your tooth with a microscope. Your root canals will be cleaned, shaped, and filled with a rubber-like compound. They will be sealed to prevent bacteria from reentering the tooth. The opening in your tooth’s crown may be restored or sealed with a temporary filling. If you receive a temporary filling, you will need to have your dentist place a new crown on your tooth as soon as possible. It is important to attend your follow-up visits with your endodontist so that your healing progress can be monitored.
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Since a root canal is a detailed dental procedure, it is important that you choose a dental team you can trust. We provide the latest advances in technology and a highly trained staff. You can relax in the dental chair knowing that we always offer top-notch dental services.
The only way to know if a root canal treatment is necessary is by talking to an experienced dental team. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our Philadelphia endodontic specialist so that we can discuss your individual needs. These personalized recommendations will help you choose the treatments that will protect your smile.
For more information about root canals and other dental services, call us at (215) 564-1025 to schedule a consultation.