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Root Canal Retreatment

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A second chance to save your tooth.

Did you know that, with proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as natural teeth?  However, we can’t control how your body heals so like everything in medicine, nothing is 100%.  In some cases, following root canal treatment the affected tooth may not heal properly or your pain may continue.   This can happen immediately or take months, or sometimes even years following the initial root canal.  If this is the case, a root canal retreatment may provide you an option to save your sick tooth.

What happens during retreatment?

After ensuring you are comfortably numb, your specialist will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material.  In most cases, this involved removing your existing filling or crown to allow us access to the canals within your tooth roots.

Next, our specialist will clean the canals and carefully examine the inside of your tooth, paying special attention to any hidden canals or unusual anatomy that may require treatment.  After thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the canal, we will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in your tooth.  We will schedule a second visit for you within one of our general dentists shortly after this appointment to have a new crown or other restoration placed.  It is critical to have this new restoration placed within a few weeks of retreatment to seal and protect the tooth, restoring it to full function.