Treatments

As an endodontic patient, what should I expect?

A comprehensive examination to diagnose oral pain and pulpal injury to determine if the tooth in question is a good candidate for endodontic therapy. Non-surgical root canal therapy is used to remove diseased pulp and then the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.

Occasionaly, microsurgery may be indicated. We are experts in performing this procedure, and utilize sophisticated equipment to ensure the best result.

Endo Retreatment

Treatments - Endodontic Retreatment

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Why does my tooth need retreatment?

If you have a tooth that has had endodontic (root canal) treatment, it should last as long as your other natural teeth. In some cases, however, complete healing may not occur as new problems may appear months or even years after the initial treatment. When this happens, it is possible for your endodontist to perform the treatment again with more successful results. This process is called retreatment.

  • Curved or narrow canals were not treated during the initial treatment
  • Complicated canals went undetected during the initial treatment
  • The crown or restoration was not placed within the appropriate amount of time
    following the procedure.
  • The crown or restoration did not prevent saliva from contaminating the inside of the tooth.

In some cases, new problems can influence a tooth that was successfully treated:

  • New decay can expose a root canal filling material, causing infection.
  • A cracked or loose filling or crown can expose the tooth to new infection.

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Who performs endodontic retreatment?

Retreatment is usually more challenging than the initial treatment. For this reason, many dentists refer their patients in need of retreatment to an endodontic specialist. Endodontists specialize in endodontics and root canal treatment. In addition to dental school, endodontists receive another two or more years of advanced education, including the area of retreatment.

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What happens during endodontic retreatment?

Once retreatment has been selected as a solution to your problem, your endodontist will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. This restorative material will be removed to enable access to the root canal. Your doctor will now clean your canals in order to carefully examine the inside of the tooth. Once cleaned, your doctor will seal the canals and place a temporary fillng in the tooth.

At this point, please return to your dentist as soon as possible in order to have a new crown or restoration placed on the tooth to restore full functionality.

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Is retreatment the best treatment option for me?

The decision to retreat should be made by you, your dentist and your endodontist. While retreated teeth can last a lifetime, there is no guarantee that treatment will be more successful the second time. The treatment option for any particular patient must be chosen on an individual basis.

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How much will retreatment cost?

The cost of retreatment varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. It will probably be more expensive than the initial procedure, because your restoration and root filling materials must be removed before the second treatment can begin. Also, your endodontist may need to spend more time searching for problems that may have caused the initial treatment to fail.

Generally, nonsurgical retreatment and restoration of your natural tooth are the least invasive and expensive option. The alternatives to conventional retreatment are having the tooth retreated surgically, or as a last resort it can be extracted. If the tooth is extracted, it should be replaced with a bridge, implant or removable partial denture.