Endodontic Retreatment

With the appropriate care, your teeth that have had endodontic treatment will last as long as other natural teeth.

Endodontic Retreatment

With the right care, a tooth that's gone through endodontic treatment will last as long as your other natural teeth. Unfortunately, sometimes treatment doesn't work, or the tooth fails to heal. In addition, the pain can return in a few months or even years after the initial root canal. The good news is that this doesn't mean you are out of options to save that tooth. Our endodontists can retreat your tooth.

Endodontic retreatment might be necessary when the tooth fails to heal.
Reasons this situation can occur include:

  • Narrow or curved canals weren't part of the initial treatment
  • Complexities in the canals were missed in the first procedure
  • The restoration process wasn't completed promptly
  • Problems with the crown placement introduced saliva inside the tooth, causing contamination

Additionally, new issues can arise, leading to pain and swelling. These issues also require retreatment. Possible complications include:

  • New decay exposing the root canal, leading to infection
  • Problems with the crown or restoration process, such as cracks or poor fit, causing a new infection

Nonetheless, Meridian Endodontics is available to assess the situation and complete the retreatment procedure. The doctor will reopen the tooth to access the root canal filling material and remove it. Next, they'll clean out the canal and reassess the tooth. Lastly, the endodontist refills and seals the canal. Again, a temporary filling is placed to protect the area until a crown is placed.

The patient needs to get to their dentist for the restorative process. The crown is the last step to preventing a complete loss of the tooth.

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