Ideally, a root canal treatment restores a tooth and provides pain relief for years to come. However, in certain circumstances, endodontic retreatment is required on a tooth that has previously been treated with root canal therapy. Because of this, endodontic retreatment is commonly referred to as a repeat root canal treatment.
Root canals can fail for a number of reasons. It’s possible that the tooth did not provide the endodontic access necessary to completely restore the tooth, due to curved or narrow canals or salivary contamination. Endodontic retreatment may also be required if a new decay or infection has started affecting the same tooth, or the tooth sustains a new crack or fracture.
What to Expect from your Endodontic Retreatment
Endodontic retreatment is a specialized procedure used to restore a tooth after root canal treatment has been unsuccessful. It involves removing the existing filling material, re-cleaning the root canal, and then filling and sealing it again with an inert sealing material called gutta percha; correcting any previously less than ideal treatment. Once the restoration is complete, your Dentist will place a new crown or permanent restoration to protect the tooth.
This procedure can help relieve pain and restore the tooth to its proper functioning state.
Sometimes, canals are too narrow or are otherwise blocked, in which case your Endodontist may recommend a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy
Why Choose Endodontic Retreatment?
Endodontic retreatment is an excellent option for patients desiring to keep their natural tooth. Successful endodontic retreatments can result in natural, healthy teeth that function perfectly for years to come. Dr. Tingey will use state-of-the-art diagnosic equipment to determine you endontic retreatment is the right procedure for you. If you are not a candidate for endodontic retreatment or endodontic surgery, you may opt for tooth extraction.