With the proper care, your teeth that have had endodontic treatment will last you a life time. Yet, a tooth that has received treatment may fail to heal or pain may continue to exist due to variety of reasons. The pain may occur months or years after treatment. If so, Endodontic Retreatment may be needed.
Improper healing may be caused by:
- Partially untreated canal system during the initial treatment.
- Complicated canal systems went unnoticed during the initial treatment.
- The crown or restoration was not placed within the appropriate amount of time following the root canal procedure.
- The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination of the root canal system.
- New decay can expose a root canal system, causing contamination and infection.
- A cracked or loose filling material or crown can expose the tooth to infection.
Once your treatment options are discussed, and you choose retreatment, Dr. Lazar will reopen your tooth and some restorative material will be removed to access the root canal system. Dr. Lazar will then clean and disinfect your root canals and carefully examined using magnification and illumination, searching for any additional canals or unusual anatomy that requires treatment. Once canals cleaned, shaped, and medicated, Dr. Lazar will fill and seal the canals with sterile filling material and place a temporary filling in to seal the accessed area of the tooth.
At this point, you will need to go back to your general dentist as soon as possible in order to have a new crown or restoration placed on the tooth to restore full functionality.