With the appropriate care, your teeth that have had endodontic treatment will last as long as other natural teeth. Yet, 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:
- Curved or narrow canals that were not treated during the initial treatment.
- Complicated canals that went undetected during the initial treatment.
- The crown or restoration was not placed within the appropriate amount of time following the procedure.
- The crown or restoration that did not prevent saliva from contaminating the inside of the tooth.
In some cases, new problems can influence a tooth that was successfully treated:
- New decay can expose a root canal filling material, causing infection.
- A cracked or loose filling or crown can expose the tooth to new infection.
Once retreatment has been selected as a solution to your problem, the doctors will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. This restorative material will be removed to enable access to the root canal. The doctors will now clean your canals and carefully examine the inside of the problematic tooth. Once cleaned, the doctors will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth.
At this point, you will need to return to your dentist as soon as possible in order to have a new crown or restoration placed on the tooth to restore full functionality. In certain circumstances, our office will place the permanent filling if it is necessary to provide the best treatment outcome.
Please call us at 309-690-0011 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial
I have had 5-6 root canals in the past. In fact this one was a repair of one done previously. I told Dr Benjamin that this was the easiest one I have ever had. He responded with "Really, this was one of the most challenging for me". They placed a hard rubber device in my mouth to help keep my mouth opened as they wanted which was a great help in keeping mouth open for so long and really could relax because of it. They placed a big rubber band over the entire area of the tooth and mouth which was great to help keep all the water used from choking. (I have never had this before). Then they x-rayed 3 different times to make sure they got the entire area covered. Dr. Benjamin also used like a microscope looking into my mouth and at the tooth area making sure he caught everything. I have never had a root canal so thorough. Dr. Benjamin also instructed in the types of fillings with pros/cons of each allowing me to choose. At the initial visit to assess the tooth they x-rayed the tooth. He was very upfront telling me the pain could be coming from a hidden root or he could tell once he was in if it was from a broken tooth and that there was no guarantee this would resolve the problem but if something was not done and it was a hidden root I would end up losing the tooth eventually meaning I would also lose my bridge. He allowed me to weigh my options and decide; there was no pressure to do any procedure.
- Debbie G