Root Canal Retreatment

What's involved in an endodontic retreatment?

Sometimes after a tooth receives endodontic (root canal) treatment, it fails to heal. In these cases, the tooth may become painful or diseased months and sometimes years after a successful treatment. There are several reasons a root canal may fail:

  • There was a delay in placing the final restoration following treatment, allowing the canals to become re-contaminated.
  • Your tooth has curved or narrow canals that were not treated during the initial treatment.
  • Your tooth had complicated anatomy that went undetected during the initial treatment.
  • Your final restoration did not work properly in preventing salivary contamination.
  • There may be new decay that has led to a new infection.
  • Your tooth may be cracked, leaving the tooth susceptible to a new infection.

Watch an explanation of retreatment by the American Association of Endodontists.

If your initial root canal treatment has failed, you may be a candidate for another endodontic procedure called a retreatment. In a retreatment, Dr. Loxley will reopen your tooth and remove the previous root canal filling material. The canals will be cleaned and carefully examined. Dr. Loxley will look for any additional canals or unusual canal anatomy that needs to be treated before filling the canals and sealing them again. You will leave once again with a temporary filling and need to see your general dentist for the final restoration.

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