Endodontic Retreatment & Root Canal Retreatment in Brooklyn

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What is endodontic retreatment?

Often times, when a tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy is performed to help save the affected tooth. However, sometimes a failed root canal can occur when treated teeth are unable to heal successfully. When this happens, infection and pain will persist after root canal treatment, and endodontic retreatment may be recommended. Endodontic retreatment involves your dentist reopening the affected tooth and retreating any areas within the tooth that require retreatment. For some patients, endodontic surgery may be recommended instead of or in conjunction with endodontic retreatment. Because endodontic retreatment requires added time to identify hidden canals and untreated infection, the cost of retreatment may be higher than the initial root canal treatment cost.

When is endodontic retreatment needed?

Endodontic retreatment is needed when a tooth fails to properly heal after an initial root canal therapy procedure. Reasons why a tooth may not heal after root canal therapy may include:

  • Certain canals, such as narrow or curved canals, were left untreated during the initial root canal procedure
  • Crown installation or other restoration procedures did not take place within an appropriate time frame after the initial root canal procedure
  • Salivary contamination occurred inside the tooth after root canal therapy and tooth restoration procedures

Sometimes, even after a successful root canal procedure, additional dental concerns may arise, causing the initial root canal to fail. Dental concerns that may lead to root canal therapy failure may include:

  • A new dental decay emerges in the tooth, causing exposure of bacteria to the filling material inside the tooth, along with the rise of another infection
  • Tooth becomes cracked, loose, or broken, making the tooth susceptible to infection
  • Fracture or other trauma to the tooth

What does endodontic retreatment involve?

In order to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for endodontic retreatment, you may first meet your dentist for a consultation session. During your consultation, your dentist will perform an oral exam and take X-rays to assess the condition of your teeth and determine if endodontic retreatment is the best treatment option for your dental needs. If approved, you will return to the dental office for retreatment.

To begin the process for endodontic retreatment, your dentist will first administer anesthetics to the treatment site. Once you are comfortable and relaxed, your dentist will carefully open the treated tooth. If there are any dental restoration materials on or in the tooth, they will be removed or taken apart. Once your dentist is able to regain access to the inside of the tooth, your dentist will extract the root canal filling material and clean out the canals. Any areas that require retreatment will be treated by your dentist.

Once all noticeable areas of concern have been appropriately retreated, your dentist will refill the tooth canals and seal the opening of the tooth. After completion of endodontic retreatment, you will need to make a return visit to the dental office in order for your dentist to place a crown or other dental device atop the treated tooth.

What are the benefits of endodontic retreatment?

If your received root canal therapy and are still experiencing symptoms of infection, endodontic retreatment may offer the following benefits:

  • Preservation of affected tooth
  • Preservation of natural bite and smile
  • Prevention of future dental complications
  • Virtually painless procedure

If you are interested in endodontic retreatment, our dental experts at Ralph Avenue Dental Care are here to provide you with trusted and affordable dental care. Here at our health-centered dentistry, we place a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient, as well as utilizing the most advanced technology and procedures in order to provide our patients with high-quality dental care. To learn more about endodontic retreatment, call 718.531.0300 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.