What Is Endodontic Retreatment?
When a tooth that has previously been treated with a root canal continues to cause pain, or the tooth fails to heal properly, you may be referred for endodontic retreatment. Endodontic retreatment is also referred to as root canal retreatment.
A tooth that was previously treated with a root canal may need retreatment because:
- Narrow or curved canals were not sufficiently treated during the first root canal
- Complex canals were not identified and treated during your first root canal
- Your dental crown wasn’t fully sealed, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth
- You’ve developed new decay since your first root canal
- A crack in the tooth allowed infection to develop in the tooth
The endodontic retreatment procedure is very much like a root canal. Our root canal specialists will open the affected tooth, and remove the biocompatible material that was used to fill the tooth. The canals inside the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned, and any infection will be treated.
Our endodontists will ensure that narrow or curved canals are reshaped to prevent future infection. Then the tooth will be resealed, and you’ll return to your general dentist to place the permanent dental crown.
Benefits of Endodontic Retreatment
The main symptom of a previously failed root canal is pain, which can be severe. Therefore the benefits of endodontic retreatment include:
- Elimination of pain
- Treatment of infection
- Preventing infection from spreading
- Complete seal of the interior of the tooth
- Reshaped canals to prevent infection
- Removal of decay
- Restored chewing and biting capabilities
Frequently Asked Questions About Endodontic Retreatment
Book an Appointment for Root Canal Retreatment in Silicon Valley
If you need to retreat a tooth that has undergone a previous root canal, Endodontic & Implantology Associates is here to help. We specialize in successfully retreating teeth that have already had a previous root canal. To book your appointment call 408-224-8266 or send us a message.