If you need an endodontics retreatment, you may be feeling worried about the procedure. In the hand of an experienced endodontist, it should be smooth and painless.
Endodontic treatments usually tend to pick up where prior procedures left off. 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 remedial treatments available that can save your tooth.
Good Candidates for Endodontics 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.
What to Expect During the Endodontics Retreatment
During the retreatment procedure, your endodontist will reassess your tooth, and extract the original filling materials used in the initial root canal procedure. Then, we will meticulously inspect the tooth under a microscope to identify any signs of new infection or canals. The next step is to remove any infection, clean and shape the canal, and insert the new filling materials. Once complete, we secure the aperture with a temporary filling. The final step, once the tooth is fully healed, is to place a new crown or other restorative material over the tooth to support it.
To learn more about the endodontics treatment, please call our Buffalo root canal specialist.