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A root canal is a terrific way to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost because of an infection. Once the root canal is finished and your crown or other restoration is in place, you should feel much better and your tooth will be fully functional again.

However, from time to time, a tooth that has had a root canal needs to be retreated. If you find yourself in that situation, you should call our dentist, Dr. Brent Bitner and schedule an appointment. Some of the signs that you need a retreatment include pain or swelling, nausea, a fever or dizziness. The problem may have been caused by a crack, or new cavity in your tooth, or a crown or filling that did not protect the interior of your tooth. If you did not see the dentist for a crown restoration soon enough, the infection will have the chance to set in. In some cases, not all of the infected pulp may have been removed during your first root canal. Sometimes, an oddly-shaped root can conceal an infection. The dentist may repeat the root canal process or may give you an apicoectomy, which is the surgical removal of the infected tip of your tooth root. You should follow all of the dentist’s instructions carefully during your recovery, especially if you are given a prescription antibiotic. An over-the-counter pain reliever can reduce any discomfort. If you do need an apicoectomy, you should take care of the incision site.

Are you are feeling any discomfort in a tooth that has had a root canal? If so, you need to see the dentist as soon as possible. If you think you may need root canal retreatment in Cottage Grove, Oregon, call 541-942-7934 today to plan your visit to Cottage Grove Dental.