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Root Canal Retreatment When Your Tooth Failed to Heal

Root canal retreatment may be needed if your tooth fails to heal or you are still experiencing pain from an original root canal. Your teeth that have had endodontic treatment may last a lifetime through proper care and dental hygiene. However, occasionally a tooth that has received treatment may fail to heal, or pain may continue to exist. Every root canal case is different and unique. Your dentist will take the time to discuss their findings with you and provide other options. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend a root canal retreatment almost identical to the original root canal procedure. Whenever possible, it is always best to save your natural tooth.

Improper healing is due to:
  • Complicated canal anatomy went undetected during the initial treatment
  • Curved or narrow canals that were not treated during initial treatment
  • Infection from new decay that is exposed to the root canal
  • Cracked or lose filling/crown can expose the tooth to infection
  • The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside of the tooth
  • Delayed replacement crown or other restoration
What to Expect When Having a Root Canal Retreatment Procedure

If your dentist recommends a root canal retreatment, a local anesthetic will be administered, and they will reopen your tooth to gain access to the canal. The filling material is removed, and your dentist will clean the root canals and examine the inside of your tooth, searching for any additional canals or unusual anatomy that requires treatment. Once all bacteria and residual pulp tissue is removed, the tooth is resealed, and a temporary crown or filling is applied. At a later date, a permanent crown will be placed.

Schedule an Appointment Today if You are Feeling Tooth Discomfort

If you are feeling discomfort in a tooth you previously had a root canal or other endodontic procedure, call our office at (586) 786-6060. Check out our reviews from our unique patients on our Google My Business page to get more comfortable with what you can expect at our office.

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