With proper care, even teeth
that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime. But sometimes, a tooth
that has been treated doesn't heal properly and can become painful or diseased
months or even years after treatment. If your tooth failed to heal or develops
new problems, you have a second chance. An additional procedure may be able to
support healing and save your tooth. If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort in a previously
treated tooth, talk to an endodontist about retreatment.
As occasionally happens with
any dental or medical procedure, a tooth may not heal as expected after initial
treatment for a variety of reasons:
In other cases, a new problem
can jeopardize a tooth that was successfully treated. For example:
During retreatment, the
endodontist will reopen your tooth and remove the filling materials that were
placed in the root canals during the first procedure. The endodontist then
carefully examines the tooth, looking for additional canals or new infection. The
endodontist then removes any infection, cleans and shapes the canals, and
places new filling materials. The opening is then sealed with a temporary
filling. Once the tooth heals, a new crown or other restoration is placed on
the tooth to protect it.
Endodontic Retreatment Explained
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