Unsuccessful Root Canal

Are you worried about having an unsuccessful root canal? Our Buffalo endodontists are extremely experienced in going in and fixing what needs to be done.

Unsuccessful Root Canal | Apicoectomy

If you’ve previously had a root canal, you may be having difficulty with it for one reason or another. It might start to become re-infected, or maybe you’ve had a lot of work done on the tooth – whether it was a bridge or a post or extensive restorative work. One option we can use to help take care of that infection is a local surgery called an apicoectomy. First, we numb the area, just as if you were having a filling or a regular root canal. Then, we can actually work down from the top of the tooth to remove the source of your infection and perform a reverse root canal while we’re looking through a microscope.

Unsuccessful Root Canal | Endodontic Retreatment

Even teeth that have undergone root canal treatment can endure a lifetime of daily use with appropriate care. However, sometimes, a root canal doesn’t fully heal and may become painful or infected shortly following, or long after the original treatment. If you notice new issues with your tooth post-treatment, or if it is not properly healing, there are supplementary curative treatments available that can save your tooth.

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If you or a loved one is suffering from pain or irritation in a tooth that has already been treated, contact the experienced Buffalo Endodontists at Precision Endodontics to discuss endodontic retreatment options.

Unsuccessful Root Canal | Who Needs Endodontic Retreatment?

Despite the very high success rates of root canal therapy, there are a few scenarios that may cause the tooth to not heal as anticipated. These scenarios can include:

  • Untreated narrow or curved canals during the initial treatment.
  • Undetected complications in the canal anatomy during initial treatment.
  • Postponed placement of the crown or other restorative material following the initial treatment.
  • Salivary infection inside the tooth due to an improper restoration.

Alternatively, sometimes new issues can threaten successfully treated teeth. These issues can include:

  • Recent decay unmasking the root canal filling to bacteria, thereby causing new infection.
  • Cracked, broken, fractured, or loose fillings and crowns.

If you are looking for an experienced endodontist to take care of your unsuccessful root canal, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Buffalo offices.

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