OVERVIEW OF TREATMENT
Quite a few things may result in additional problems following a root canal therapy. Sometimes the entire problem wasn't eliminated during therapy and in different cases, a new infection might have developed in the tooth. After the tooth demonstrates signs of disease again, our team of endodontic specialists will normally recommend an endodontic retreatment.
"I would recommend WMEndo over and over! It was a clean, professional, and top notch experience. I needed care and was able to get in at one of the offices a little further away but it was the next day which was great. The front desk staff was courteous, had papers for me to fill out with one on COVID, and they have air purifiers that kill viruses. They took me in for a consult, did the procedure, and I was on my way within 30-40 minutes. I was very numb and the doctor was kind, strong, and made sure that I was doing okay and checked in the whole time. The nurse was also really sweet in letting me know exactly what was going on. I got x-rays and they decided I was a good candidate for a root canal so once I was numbed up they put in a dental dam that goes around the tooth and snaps in to protect your face and mouth from excess debris. It was quite a wonderful protective barrier and made things quick and easy. Professional, sterile, prepared, quality equipment and up to date tools and methodology while being warm and safe and comfortable. Made me feel like I was in good hands! The infection was deep. I was already on antibiotics so he did not want to overprescribe them which is wise, I definitely trust their judgment. They asked me if I had any questions. Eric even texted me later to make sure the tooth was doing okay and it was much better. They were clear about me feeling free to call with any questions or needs afterwards. One year later I get a free check up to make sure it’s healing well. I made a follow up appointment with my dentist for the finished crown, it’s just a temp plug, but it took away all the pain I had in my tooth before. When I got home I told my mom I would have a root canal in all my teeth there (haha, hopefully not necessary though) but really, it was the best experience it could’ve possibly been with the help of Western Mass Endodontics! Saved a little money paying with a debit card. I would absolutely recommend this practice, at any of the offices, but Dr Eric Shapiro is the best and did a superior number! Anyone needing this service absolutely needs to go here to be taken care of, I highly recommend it!"- J.P. / Google / Oct 08, 2021
"I had a difficult tooth canal, both because it was calcified and did not go straight up the tooth, but rather veered off to the side before reaching the top. This caused my dentist to stop the procedure halfway through and refer me to an endodontist. Dr. Scott completed the root canal with ease and he also had a great disposition and bedside manner. The assistant (Millie) was a delight and kept me chatting during the interim wait periods to keep me at ease. I'm very pleased and will absolutely return to Western Mass Endodontics in the future should the need arise."- M.N. / Google / Sep 29, 2021
"Dr. Shapiro was very friendly and thorough, explained everything in detail. Consistently checking in to ensure there was no pain or discomfort. Staff was extremely friendly."- B.B. / Google / Sep 20, 2021
"I highly recommend Western Mass Endo! Dr. Shapiro and team were amazing. My root canal was completely painless and I was in and out in 30 minutes. Dr. Shapiro followed up with me via text later in the day and I was pleasantly surprised by this gesture. 5 stars!!!"- D.K. / Google / Sep 16, 2021
"The West Springfield office got me in within an hour for an emergency root canal. Dr. Shapiro was so professional and gentle, the whole procedure was absolutely painless. He followed up with me later in the day to make sure everything was feeling okay. I’m so thankful for them!"- R.W. / Google / Sep 14, 2021
COMMON REASONS FOR RETREATMENT
• Abscess or other signs of disease still present following a root canal
• Recurring discomfort or pain in the tooth that received root canal therapy
• Accessory canals were not detected during the initial root canal procedure
• Failure to have a crown or other dental restoration placed in a timely manner following initial root canal treatment
UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS
If endodontic retreatment isn’t ideal, our specialists may recommend additional procedures to treat the condition and save your oral health:
• Tooth extraction
Your endodontic retreatment procedure will be done in our office using anesthesia to temporarily numb the needed region. In the event the process is lengthy or if you have dental worries, stronger sedation choices might be used. As soon as you are prepared, one of our specialists will open the tooth and then take out the filling substance placed in the last process. The inside of the tooth, especially each of the root tips, will be completely disinfected. Once the tooth is cleaned and analyzed, it'll be fortified with a new temporary filling and then sealed.
A new restoration (crown, filling, or bridge) is then normally placed on the treated tooth by your general dentist to protect and strengthen the tooth structure.