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root canal retreatment

tooth graphic showing the nervesIf you have had a root canal procedure, this treatment usually works for a lifetime. However, sometimes the teeth do not heal as they should. Early signs of a tooth that did not heal can include pain and discomfort around the treated tooth and gums. In these cases, there is still an opportunity to save the tooth. It is called endodontic retreatment.

Endodontic retreatment is about performing a procedure for a second time after the treated tooth gets infected. If you think you need a second procedure for an already treated tooth, we can help you with that Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry .

Do I Need Endodontic Retreatment?

Even if your tooth heals properly after a root canal surgery, sometimes it does not. This could happen due to different reasons. Maybe the endodontist did not treat hidden canals in the first procedure, or you had complicated canal anatomy. Delaying the crown placement is also a common reason for the need for endodontic retreatment.

There are reasons related to bacteria growth that can also cause issues. For example, new decay can appear in the already treated tooth. A filling can crack and leave the inside of the tooth open and vulnerable to new bacteria. You may need endodontic retreatment for any of these reasons. In those cases, there are few options left. In second place after endodontic retreatment is the apicoectomy, and in third place, pulling out your tooth may be advised.

What Happens in a Root Canal Retreatment Procedure?

One of our endodontists will open the tooth and remove any material like the old filling that you might have from the first procedure. Then, our endodontist will carefully search for hidden canals or signs of infections. The endodontist needs to know what caused the tooth to get infected to avoid it and give you a proper treatment.

If you have an infection, our endodontist will clean it. Then, the canals are shaped, and at last, the tooth is refilled and sealed. After that, it will be similar to your first procedure. You will have a temporary filling in your tooth. After your tooth heals, our endodontist will place a crown to protect it.

What Should I Do After an Endodontic Retreatment?

Sometimes your teeth do not heal after the first procedure due to not following the recovery indications after the surgery. You have to consider every situation is different, but there are still general recommendations to patients who have had endodontic retreatment.

If you have pain, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen since it also helps to diminish inflammation. During the healing period, you should avoid hard foods. When brushing your teeth, try not to brush them too harshly.

Generally, we will see you again a week after the surgery to see that everything is going well. If there are any stitches, we will remove them. Two weeks after the retreatment, we can place the crown. It all varies depending on the patient. If you have any questions regarding root canal retreatment or you think you need it, call 425-868-0123 at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry today.

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