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:
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.