Southwest Endo

Retreatments Explained

With proper care, even teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime. But sometimes, a tooth that has been treated doesn’t heal properly and can become painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. If your tooth failed to heal or develops new problems, you have a second chance. An additional procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth. If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, talk to an endodontist about retreatment.

As occasionally happens with any dental or medical procedure, a tooth may not heal as expected after initial treatment for a variety of reasons:

  • Narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedure.
  • Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure.
  • The placement of the crown or other restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment.
  • The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside of the tooth.

In other cases, a new problem can jeopardize a tooth that was successfully treated. For example:

  • New decay can expose the root canal filling material to bacteria, causing a new infection in the tooth.
  • A loose, cracked or broken crown or filling can expose the tooth to new infection.
  • A tooth sustains a fracture.

During retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth and remove the filling materials that were placed in the root canals during the first procedure. The endodontist then carefully examines the tooth, looking for additional canals or new infection. The endodontist then removes any infection, cleans and shapes the canals, and places new filling materials. The opening is then sealed with a temporary filling. Once the tooth heals, a new crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to protect it.

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Transparency

One of the major complaints with health care in the U.S. today is the lack of transparency, especially in regards to treatment costs.  Many times, patients are unaware of what a procedure costs or alternative treatments available.  Another issue is when other procedure codes are billed out that are not covered by insurance, and you are billed for the difference, not having known what the costs (or need) for that additional treatment was.  Even though I am a practitioner, this bothers me as a patient and a consumer, and I have experienced the same issues.  It is frustrating to say the least.  If retail stores operated in this manner, they would quickly be out of business.

At Southwest Endodontics, you can phone in and we will give you the exact cost of the procedure, as long as you are aware of the tooth that needs to be treated.  No range, no ifs ands or buts.  The cost will include all visits, basic imaging and treatment.  Occasionally after the initial examination, it is determined that additional imaging or other procedures are needed.  We inform the patient of the reason for this, the alternatives and all costs involved PRIOR TO the treatment.  We also do our best to maximize your insurance PRIOR TO your visit so that we can give you as close of an estimate as possible what your out of pocket cost will be the day you arrive.  This is extremely important to me and my staff and we have worked hard over the last several years to make this process smooth for the patient.

Wouldn’t it be better if all of health care operated this way?

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Having a Root Canal is painful… or is it?

Truth—Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago but with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as “painless” than patients who have not had root canal treatment.

Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Root canal treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.

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Having a Root Canal is expensive… or is it?

Involving an endodontist in root canal treatment can w save patients time and money.  Endodontists have the expertise to do everything from the most common to the most complex root canals, diminishing the need for perform another root canal.  While some complex treatments certainly require more than one visit, most root canals can be completed by an endodontists in a single appointment.  Root canals performed by endodontists provide patients with a solid foundation for crowns and other restorative work, reducing the likelihood of future complications and costs.  By saving the natural teeth through root canal treatment, the endodontist saves patients the expense associated with losing teeth, which causes multiple problems over the long term and costs much more.  (e.g. shifting teeth, follow-up visits to place and maintain prosthetics, etc.).  A comparison of endodontic treatments performed by general dentists or by endodontists showed that endodontic treatment was significantly more successful with performed by a specialists based on a comparison of survival of teeth following root canal treatment.  [Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2004 Jul;98(1):115-8; Alabama study}

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What the heck is an endodontist??? by Dr. Ron Hill

The health care industry can be confusing for patients. A dizzying array of general practitioners and specialists, and it can be difficult to determine who does what and why, much the less when to go see them. Dentistry has always been a little easier to navigate. Most people have heard of an orthodontist or an oral surgeon, but what the heck is an endodontist and why do I need to see them? Why can’t my general dentist do this procedure? As a general rule, general dentists (and physicians) are well trained in many different areas, that’s why they are called GP’s. Some cases fall beyond the comfort zone or abilities of the general dentist, thus the need for a specialist arises. Specialists in dentistry (and medicine too) go through at least 2 years additional training specific to one area. Root canals treatment is complex. there are many textbooks written just about that subject, and no way to teach students everything they need to know in a single semester. A general dentist in a busy practice may do 3-5 root canal procedures a week. An endodontist will do more than that in one day! Our expertise, training and equipment is superior to all general dentists in regards to root canal treatment. A good general dentist knows when to refer, and many stop doing root canals after starting in private practice due to the difficulty and time it takes. We do it better and faster and research has proven again and again that treatment outcomes done by specialists are far better. What better reason is there to see a specialist than that ? You never need a referral to see an endodontist. You can always seek out a specialist.Go to the American Dental Association website (ADA.org) for more information on the different dental specialties, or you can go to AAE.org for information on endodontic specialists.

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Southwest Endodontics Houston’s Root Canal Specialists

Southwest Endodontics

SOUTHWEST ENDODONTICS [Converted]

Where Dentists Go to Get A Root Canal

Southwest Endodontics specializes in endodontic (root canal) therapy.  We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality endodontic care using cutting edge technology in a comfortable and relaxing setting.

We are one of Houston’s most established endodontic practices, treating patients in the greater Houston area since 1977.  Our goal is excellence in the treatment of our patients and we are committed to continually exceeding expectations.  We hope this devotion results in a positive and pleasant experience for our patients while under our care.

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Southwest Endodontics Houston’s Root Canal Specialists

Southwest Endodontics

SOUTHWEST ENDODONTICS [Converted]

Where Dentists Go to Get A Root Canal

Southwest Endodontics specializes in endodontic (root canal) therapy.  We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality endodontic care using cutting edge technology in a comfortable and relaxing setting.

We are one of Houston’s most established endodontic practices, treating patients in the greater Houston area since 1977.  Our goal is excellence in the treatment of our patients and we are committed to continually exceeding expectations.  We hope this devotion results in a positive and pleasant experience for our patients while under our care.

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