At the office of Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC, we utilize state-of-the-art technology and methods of care to help treat severely compromised teeth, restore oral health and retain your natural teeth in the dental arch. While root canal therapy has a very high 95 percent rate of success, there are some circumstances where endodontic retreatment or a procedure known as an apicoectomy may be needed. As skilled specialists, our endodontists provide the most precise and gentle care to resolve any issues that may emerge in a tooth that has received a root canal procedure.
Endodontic treatment addresses damage that lies beneath the tooth’s outermost surface, within the center layer of core tissues, blood vessels and nerves, which comprise the dental pulp. While a root canal procedure can treat infection and alleviate oral pain when there is damage to the dental pulp, some teeth with unusual anatomy, extra nerve canals, or other challenges may require an additional procedure. In such cases, we may recommend endodontic retreatment or apicoectomy.
To accurately diagnose the issue and plan a treatment, our specialist performs a comprehensive examination, using advanced digital radiography as needed. During endodontic retreatment, we’ll re-enter the pulp chamber and check for any previously undetected canals, then clean the area and seal the tooth to prevent reinfection. Apicoectomy is a minor surgical procedure that can provide an excellent next step for preserving a previously treated tooth. It involves removing a few millimeters of the tooth’s root tip, then placing biocompatible filling materials to prevent subsequent infection. We’ll keep you informed and at ease throughout your visit and offer safe and controlled sedation techniques to mitigate any anxiety or discomfort.
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The professionals at the office of Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC are committed to providing superior, leading-edge care for every patient, at every visit. To learn more about our practice, or to schedule an appointment for care, give us a call today.
By Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC
January 6, 2020