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Post Removal

3D MicroEndo

Endodontists located in Upper East Side, Gramercy, and Tribeca, New York, NY

In some cases, you need a permanent post within your tooth as part of a root canal treatment. But, in rare situations, the treated tooth may eventually develop an infection or sustain damage that requires post removal. At premier endodontic practice 3D MicroEndo, the experienced endodontists have the unique skills and knowledge needed to safely remove the problematic post and restore your tooth. The practice has three locations in the Upper East Side, Gramercy Park, and Tribeca neighborhoods of Manhattan. Book your appointment online or call the New York City office nearest you.

Post Removal Q & A

What is a tooth post?

Tooth posts are sometimes used as part of root canal treatment, especially in cases where you're missing more than 50% of the tooth's original surface after treatment is complete. A post helps to attach core material to your tooth, building the tooth up to create a solid foundation for a crown restoration. 

A post doesn't make your tooth stronger, though. In fact, a post could increase the risk of tooth fracture and damage. In cases where the post leads to any kind of damage, including tooth fracture, infection, or other kinds of issues, you need a post removal procedure. Sometimes the post itself may break, requiring prompt removal.

What is post removal?

Post removal is a surgical procedure to remove an inner tooth post. Post removal procedures can vary according to the kind of post, the type of dental cement around it, and its exact placement in your mouth. 

A post removal may be more complex than the original root canal since your endodontist has to remove the post while also treating the damage it caused. 

Your 3D MicroEndo endodontist uses advanced imaging and a careful oral exam to evaluate your situation and determine the best way to remove your post and any debris around it. 

Your endodontist may use advanced ultrasonic dental tools to generate vibrations that loosen the post and its surrounding cement, making the removal process easier. After post removal, your endodontist reshapes your root canal and removes all damage or decay to preserve your tooth. 

What are the signs I may need post removal?

If you experience any of the following issues after a root canal, even if it’s months or years later, it may be a post problem that requires treatment. These issues include:

  • Visibly cracked tooth
  • Tooth pain
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Tooth darkening
  • Pain when you chew
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tooth movement

Any changes in a tooth treated by a root canal require immediate attention. If you wait too long to seek treatment, a damaged post or infection could lead to issues severe enough to cost you the tooth. However, your 3D MicroEndo endodontist can often preserve your tooth through post removal and root canal retreatment. 

Book your appointment by calling 3D MicroEndo or using the online booking tool today.