With the appropriate care, teeth that have received endodontic treatment will last as long as other natural teeth. Occasionally, a tooth that has received treatment may fail to heal or pain may continue to exist. Sometimes, the pain may occur months or years after treatment. If so, endodontic retreatment may be needed. Improper healing may be caused by:
In some cases, new problems can influence a tooth that was successfully treated:
Endodontic retreatment is performed by gaining access to the root canal filling material. The old root canal filling material is removed and the root canal spaces are cleaned and disinfected. Once cleaned, the canal spaces are sealed with new root canal filling material and the tooth is restored with a temporary filling.
When retreatment has been completed, a treatment report will be sent to your restorative dentist. Please contact their office to schedule an appointment to restore the tooth as soon as possible. Your restorative dentist will decide what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience acute complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to assist you.
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