As specialists we often see the cases of root canal treated teeth that have failed to heal. At Rocky Mountain Endodontics, we are experts at diagnosing the problem and answering the common question of, “why do I need another endodontic procedure?” A root canal treated tooth can become painful or diseased for a variety of reasons, some of which are: narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedure, complicated canal anatomy, new decay (cavity) exposed the root canal filling to bacteria, or the tooth sustained a fracture.
Symptoms of a failed root canal can include radiating pain through your jaw and surrounding teeth, radiating pain up into your temple or eye, biting pain, a sensation of pressure or swelling within the tooth, visual swelling on cheek or gum, or a dull achy pain. Sometimes symptoms associated with a failed root canal are non-existent and are discovered by an x-ray or clinical signs of infection. At Rocky Mountain Endodontics, we committed to getting you out of pain and infection free.
At Rocky Mountain Endodontics, we use state-of-the art technology, such as operating microscopes, an Er:YAG laser, Nd:YAG laser, ultrasonics, and digital imaging to perform the nonsurgical or surgical retreatment of the tooth. The most current advancement in our dental technology is the use of the Er:YAG laser. The Er:YAG laser creates photoacoustic shock waves within the cleaning and debriding solutions introduced in the canal. This allows our irrigants into the microscopic anatomy where bacteria hide. There simply isn’t a better way to eradicate the bacteria within the tooth than with the Er:YAG laser. We combine this highly advanced technology with our years of special training and experience to make sure you get the best treatment for your tooth.
The cost of treating a failed root canal can vary, depending on the complexity of the case. It is important to know what to expect when seeking endodontic care, which is why we discuss cost and estimated insurance benefits before treatment is started. Together we will find the best, most economical way to treat your symptoms while managing costs.
There are many different ways a tooth can fracture. At Rocky Mountain Endodontics, we are experts at determining the type, location, and severity of the crack. Once the fractured tooth has been evaluated, you will be informed of the prognosis (likely outcome) of the tooth. Sometimes a fractured tooth is too damaged to treat or repair, in which case the tooth needs to be extracted. If the fracture has not extended into the “danger zone” of the tooth, your tooth can likely be saved by endodontic treatment and a crown. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in saving these teeth. We will spend the time to educate you about your options, so you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with endodontic treatment or an extraction.
Whenever possible, it is best to save your natural tooth. If there are factors that have led to a recommendation of an extraction, or if you are already missing a tooth, an implant is usually an ideal solution for replacing the tooth. An implant is a small screw that acts as artificial tooth roots when placed in the jawbone. An abutment and crown are then fitted and placed by your general dentist. Our commitment is to provide our patients with the best care possible, which is why we have added implantology to our practice. This allows for the unique specialty treatments of both root canals and implants. A discussion and thorough examination will be the first step in finding out if you are a candidate for a dental implant, or if an alternative replacement option would be best for you.
It is important to know what to expect when seeking endodontic care. Often patients worry about the costs associated with the specialty, as well as the recovery time from the procedure. Together we will find the best, most economical way to treat your symptoms while