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 did not prevent saliva from contaminating the inside of the tooth.
Root Material Placed
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.
How Can We Help You Restore Your Smile?
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
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
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
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