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Can A Root Canal Be Redone
No: Root canals are technically involved. When performed by a root canal specialist, many different instruments are used. Lasers are advocated by some for sterilizing the root canal only, but this is not universally done by most endodontists, they preferring other methods. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Extractions: Yes. Teeth can be pulled at any time; however, you should consider what to do about the missing tooth. Just pulling teeth without a plan could cause problems later on with your bite. Man made products are never as good as your own natural tooth so saving teeth if possible is best unless the tooth is beyond repair. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What happens if the tooth that needs root canal has a cavity? Which needs to be done first? Filling or root canal?
Not Usually: Root canal treatment has a bad rep that it usually does not deserve. The pain is caused by an infection in the nerve space of the tooth. Root canal solves this problem and eliminates the pain. However, if you wait to long and have a large infection under the tooth it may be difficult to make the tooth adequately numb. Root canal done in a timely manner are not painful. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: You can get decay under your crown and the crown may need to be replaced. Because you have had a root canal you would not have pain or sensitivity if there is decay in the crowned tooth so make sure you have regular dental care so any problem can be detected early and be fixable so you do not loose your tooth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sure: Depending on how much tooth is remaining. You may need a crown. Often the tooth needs a post/core foundation build-up to provide enough structure to support and retain the crown. The post goes into the canal space and helps hold the build-up in place, along with the ramaining tooth. The tooth is then prepared and the crown is then made to fit over the build-up and the tooth structure. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes : A tooth with a root canal can still abscess for several reasons. Root canals are not 100% successful although there is a high success rate. In addition there may be other factors contributing to the infection such as a possible fracture. If the infection continues it should be reevaluated so that a decision can be made to either retreat it conventionally, do an apicoectomy or extract the tooth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can: Depending on the condition of the tooth, the shape of the roots, and the skills of the general dentist. Teeth that are previously treated with root canal therapy are very brittle and tend to fracture easily, resulting in the need for a more complex surgical extraction. Surgical extractions are best handled by an oral surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ideally: If there is an infection, then the root canal must be finished. If there is no infection, then it is a bit more complicated. If the tooth needs a major restoration like a crown, then ideally the root canal should be finished. If no treatment is planned for the tooth, then it may be okay to leave it unfinished for now, but it needs to be monitored closely in case it does develop an infection. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Absolutely: The root canal procedure eliminates the infection and the pain, but does not give immunity from decay. Even with a crown, which is commonly needed after the root canal is done, decay can occur if hygiene is not adequate. Brush, floss, and see your dentist for follow-up care. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: The american assoc. Of endodontists recommends that all posterior teeth that receive root canals have cuspal protection. That means a crown or onlay! this prevents fractures and tooth loss.In anterior teeth, it depends on the integrity of the tooth, presence of previous fillings, occlusion and other factors . Hence it may not be necessary on some anterior teeth.In children, we sometimes wait. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It shouldn't: People will often hear horror stories around the water cooler about root canals. There are plenty of situations where a patient comes to a root canal specialist in pain. Our job is to take the pain away, not cause it. We will get you numb. Test you to make sure you're numb. If for some reason you have a "hot" tooth and need more anesthetic raise up your left hand. We will stop and get u more numb. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
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