Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

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Root Canal Retreatment

After a root canal, you expect your tooth to last a long time and if infection returns, it can be disappointing and frustrating.

Root canal retreatment can save your tooth from being extracted, relieve pain, and protect the health of your smile.

You may be asking: "Can this treatment really save my tooth?"

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After Root Canal Retreatment, Your Tooth Can Last a Lifetime

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Virtually Painless

Infection and decay below the surface of your tooth can be painful. Root canal retreatment is virtually painless. Plus, the recovery is much more comfortable than a tooth extraction. Once treatment is complete, you can enjoy a pain-free smile.

Lasting Results

Root canal retreatment restores the integrity of your tooth and can prevent an extraction. Saving your tooth offers lasting benefits by maintaining the density of your jawbone and the natural strength of your smile.

Cost-Effective

Root canal retreatment is generally less expensive than replacing your tooth. If you opt to remove the tooth, you will need to pay for a bridge or dental implant to restore your smile, in addition to the price of the extraction.

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Protect the Long-Term Health of Your Tooth

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My First Root Canal Didn't Work Why Should I Do It Again?

If you decide against root canal retreatment, you will probably need an extraction. Once you lose a natural tooth, a range of other issues can arise. Remaining teeth will start to shift, causing problems with your bite and affecting the appearance of your smile. Without tooth roots, your jawbone will begin to lose density, affecting the stability of neighboring teeth and taking support away from your facial features.

Jawbone deterioration can eventually cause facial collapse, which makes you look much older than you actually are. When possible, saving a tooth is always better than removing it. While dental implants offer some great benefits, nothing looks, feels, or functions like your natural tooth.

Strengthen Your Tooth with Root Canal Retreatment

During root canal retreatment, your endodontist will:

Create a small opening to gain access to the root canals. 

Remove the filling material. 

Carefully examine the inside of your tooth.

Clean the inside of your tooth to remove any infection or debris.

Fill and seal the root canals.

Place a temporary filling in the tooth.

As soon as possible,

You will need to return to your dentist to have a new dental crown or another type of restoration placed over your tooth to protect it and restore proper function.

Keep Your Smile Strong and Healthy

In reality, the only alternative to root canal retreatment is a tooth extraction. Most dentists will only recommend this route if there is no possible way to restore the health of your natural tooth. 

A tooth infection is a serious condition. Left untreated, it will only spread and cause more complex issues. Schedule an appointment to discuss root canal retreatment with a dentist today.

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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