Endodontic Retreatment

With the appropriate care, your teeth that have had endodontic treatment will last as long as other natural teeth. Yet, a tooth that has received treatment may fail to heal or pain may continue to exist. Sometimes, the pain may occur months or years after treatment. If so, Endodontic Retreatment may be needed.

Improper healing may be caused by:

  • Curved or narrow canals that were not treated during the initial treatment.
  • Complicated canals that went undetected during the initial treatment.
  • The crown or restoration was not placed within the appropriate amount of time following the procedure.
  • The crown or restoration that did not prevent saliva from contaminating the inside of the tooth.
An example of a tooth with inflamed tissue
Inflamed Tissue
A visual of removing fillings from a tooth
Filling Removed
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Canals Cleaned
An illustration of new root filling material placed into a tooth's canals
Root Material Placed
An example of a tooth's filling restored by new root canal filling
Filling Restored
A representation of a fully healed tooth by new root canal filling placed
Healed Tooth

In some cases, new problems can influence a tooth that was successfully treated:

  • New decay can expose a root canal filling material, causing infection.
  • A cracked or loose filling or crown can expose the tooth to new infection.

Once retreatment has been selected as a solution to your problem, the doctors will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. This restorative material will be removed to enable access to the root canal. The doctors will now clean your canals and carefully examine the inside of the problematic tooth. Once cleaned, the doctors will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth.

At this point, you will need to return to your dentist as soon as possible in order to have a new crown or restoration placed on the tooth to restore full functionality.


Patient Reviews for Endodontic Retreatment

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Rancho Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 49 Endodontic Retreatment reviews.

Patient Review by Curt S

Dr. Silberman was very comforting and personable to me, he explained my treatment options very clearly. There was no pressure to rush into the treatment and I was encouraged to think about the treatment and consult with my wife and dentist. He was very honest and forthright. I would recommend him to anyone who needs that type of dental help.

- Curt S

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Patient Review by Lauren T

Very pleasant experience; made me feel at ease.

- Lauren T

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Patient Review by Nichole J

I had a great experience with everyone I met in the office. I highly recommend your establishment to others and will be back if I ever need treatment again! Thanks guys! ♡

- Nichole J

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Patient Review by Robert M

Golf channel would be extra touch

- Robert M

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Patient Review by Luis E

This was my first time here. Was referred by Dr. Witek, my normal dentist. You guys were wonderful all the way around! Very nice facility, little tricky to find however, Super friendly staff, I ask a lot of questions and Dr. Petterson was very pleased to answer them. To be quite honest, this procedure was easier that the normal crown procedure. I've already recommended you'all to my daughter so you'll be seeing here shortly!! Do I get a referral fee?? haha!

- Luis E

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Patient Review by guy b

Your office is great

- guy b

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Patient Review by John B

I have had a few root canals done before but I have never had a better experience then I had with Dr Roe. She is the ultimate professional and was warm and courteous thoughout the entire procedure. She kept me informed as to her progress and I felt part of what was going on. I would recommend her and her staff to any and everyone. An outstanding office!

- John B

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Patient Review by Julie V

I am very happy with my experience at Rancho Endodontics. I needed two root canal re-treatments six months ago (from one old and one VERY old root canal), and my most recent appointment was to evaluate healing from those two procedures. The office staff was friendly and helpful, and, of course, I can't give any higher praise to the endodontist who saved my two teeth--Dr. Pettersen. The office is very well-run, and they make you feel like a valued customer.

- Julie V

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Patient Review by Linda A

Excellent, helpful staff. Very knowledgeable doctor that made me feel very at ease the entire time and calmed my fears

- Linda A

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