Root Canal Retreatment Explained

teeth that have had root canal treatment

can last a lifetime but occasionally a

root canal treated tooth doesn't heal

properly it can become painful or

diseased months or years after the

original treatment when that happens an

additional procedure called endodontic

retreatment can help save your tooth

there are many reasons why a tooth may

not heal the tooth may have root canals

that are narrow curved or branched and

are difficult to clean the tooth may

have extra root canals that weren't

located during the initial procedure

sometimes a cavity forms or a fracture

occurs exposing the tooth to new

infection re treatments are often

complex and most are performed by dental

specialists called endodontists

endodontists have advanced training in

root canal treatment they are experts in

saving your natural teeth using

state-of-the-art technologies like

microscopes and digital imaging to treat

you quickly and comfortably here's how

the endodontic retreatment process works

first the endodontist numbs the area and

makes a small opening in the crown of

the tooth to access the pulp chamber

after removing materials placed in the

root canals during the first procedure

the endodontist looks for additional

canals or new infection the endodontist

then removes any infection cleans and

shapes the canals and places new filling

materials in the roots

the endodontist may fill the opening in

the crown to protect the tooth or send

you back to your dentist you and your

endodontist should discuss whether

retreatment is the right option to save

your tooth advances in dental technology

are constantly emerging and techniques

may be available now that weren't when

you had your first root canal procedure

sometimes a tooth can't be retreated in

these cases your endodontist may

recommend endodontic surgery surgery can

be done through the gum to remove the

infected tip of the tooths root and

allow the bone to heal occasionally

neither re treatment or surgery is

possible and the tooth may need to be

removed it's important to have a

conversation with your endodontist to

determine the best option for you

nothing looks feels or functions like

your natural teeth talk to your

endodontist about retreatment or other

options to save your smile