Endodontic, or root canal treatment is a safe, effective solution for treating an infection in the tooth root and surrounding tissues. In most cases, this preserves the natural tooth, allowing it to remain healthy for many more years. However, in rare instances, there are occasions when an infection can return months or even years after treatment. When this occurs, endodontic retreatment may be recommended.
Possible Reasons that you Need a Root Canal Retreatment
Though it is rare for re-treatment to be needed, it may be recommended to preserve a previously-treated tooth in certain cases. The most common reason for needing retreatment is an infection, which can be caused by:
- New tooth decay
- A loose, cracked, or broken crown
- Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure
- Delayed placement of the crown following initial treatment
- A fractured tooth
Root Canals Retreatment Procedure
Re-treatment is completed in the same manner as the initial root canal treatment. Pensacola endodontist, Dr. Todd will remove the crown and filling materials, remove the infection, and clean the canals before refilling them to prevent recurrence of infection. Once healed, a new crown will be placed.
If you are experiencing discomfort in a tooth that has previously had root canal treatment, contact Elite Endodontics for an evaluation.