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A root canal is sometimes necessary to treat a tooth with a badly compromised pulp, root or other internal structures. This is often related to addressing a severe case of tooth decay or a significant dental trauma.

Once the affected material has been excised an abutment will be prepared. This small dental post will eventually serve as an effective anchor for a dental crown.

In some rare cases, a small area of lingering tooth decay can persist in the root. Over time it could cause a small problem area to develop in the existing structure. This can lead to increased sensitivity and a gradually worsening toothache in the previously treated tooth.

If you are experiencing a problem with a restored tooth you need to seek the specialist care offered by an endodontist like Dr. Andrew Calhoun. After assessing the nature and severity of the problem he can help you understand your treatment options.

In some of these cases he might need to perform an apicoectomy to essentially edit and alter the compromised area of the affected tooth. This can typically be performed in a single outpatient appointment to alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications.

If you are in the region surrounding Jacksonville, Florida, and you are having problems with a previously restored tooth, you should call 904.352.2510 to seek professional treatment at Jacksonville Endodontic Associates.