Root canals, also called endodontic treatment, are a common solution for saving a tooth following the infection or inflammation of the pulp inside. In most cases, a root canal is a successful procedure. The infection is eliminated, the tooth is saved, and no additional issues arise. However, if you have previously undergone a root canal and are beginning to notice new pain around the affected tooth, the treatment may not have been successful. To protect the tooth and preserve your oral health, additional treatment is needed. We can help to save treated tooth with endodontic re-treatment.
How Do I Know if My Root Canal Has Failed?
In many cases, root canals are successful, and the treated tooth experiences no further issues. However, there are cases in which the root canal can fail. You may begin to notice that, even though your pain initially went away after your root canal treatment, it is beginning to return. Sometimes, you might not experience any symptoms of a new issue, but a later dental X-ray, such as one taken during a routine dental exam, can show that the infection is still present.
Why has My Root Canal Failed?
Many issues can cause a root canal to fail. You might have extra canals in the tooth that was not originally detected and therefore were not treated. Your crown or filling may have been placed too long after the initial treatment. It is also possible for a new infection to develop because the restoration was damaged, or the tooth experienced new trauma. No matter what has caused the new issue with your previously treated tooth, it is important to seek care as soon as possible.
What is Involved with an Endodontic Re-Treatment?
Like a root canal, endodontic re-treatment is performed after providing you with a local anesthetic. First, the crown or filling is removed from the tooth. Next, the filling material that was placed inside of the tooth is removed. We then thoroughly clean the interior of the tooth, making sure that all canals are completely taken care of. Depending upon your circumstances, a medicated temporary filling may be applied for a time. After the medicated filling is removed, a new filling is placed, and a temporary filling is placed. The last step of your root canal re-treatment is placing a permanent filling or crown.
Do I Have Other Options?
Root canal re-treatment is one option for treating a tooth with a failed root canal. Another option is endodontic surgery. With a surgical procedure, the tooth is treated from the root rather than the top. The other option is to have the tooth extracted and replaced. However, the best solution is one that helps to save your tooth.
How Successful is Endodontic Re-Treatment?
Endodontic re-treatment can be a very successful treatment. Following treatment, the tooth can remain fully functional and in your mouth for the rest of your life.
If you suspect that your root canal has not been successful, re-treatment may be needed. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call us today.