Re-treatment of Endodontic procedure
Why do I need another endodontic procedure?
As occasionally happens with any dental or medical procedure, a tooth may not heal as expected after initial treatment for a variety of reasons.
- Narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedurere
- Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure
- The placement of the final restoration or crown was delayed following endodontic treatment
- The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside of the tooth
New decay can expose the root canal filling material to bacteria, causing a new infection in the tooth
A loose cracked or broken down filling can expose the tooth to bacterial contamination
The tooth sustains a fracture
What will happen during retreatment?
Are there any other options?
Occasionally, retreatment is not possible. In that case, endodontic microsurgery may be needed.
The only other alternative is extracting the tooth. The extracted tooth should then be replaced with an implant, bridge, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Because these options require extensive surgery or dental procedures on adjacent healthy teeth, they can be far more costly and time consuming than retreatment and restoration of the natural tooth.