Dental Services

Root Canal Retreatment

Root Canal Retreatment

In rare cases, root canal therapy unexpectedly fails. Reasons vary, but can include any of the following:

  • The treated tooth doesn’t heal properly
  • The crown cracks and leaks filling material
  • Infected canals are overlooked or missed during treatment
  • The placement of the restorative crown is delayed
  • There is continued decay or new decay in the tooth
  • Saliva gets into the restorative crown

When a treated tooth doesn’t heal properly or experiences other complications, it can become painful or diseased days, months or even years following treatment. If you have a tooth that hasn't healed properly or has become subject to new dental problems, we can perform a root canal retreatment procedure that can help heal and save your tooth.

Root canal retreatment involves removing the restorative crown and cleaning out the root canals. The root canal area is then repacked and a new restorative crown is placed on top. Root canal retreatment is very similar to the original root canal procedure and is usually completed in 1-3 visits.


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