Endodontic Retreatment

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.
An example of a tooth with inflamed tissue
Inflamed Tissue
A visual of removing fillings from a tooth
Filling Removed
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Canals Cleaned
An illustration of new root filling material placed into a tooth's canals
Root Material Placed
An example of a tooth's filling restored by new root canal filling
Filling Restored
A representation of a fully healed tooth by new root canal filling placed
Healed 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.

 
 

Merchant Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 5 Endodontic Retreatment reviews.

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Loved working with Dr. Merchant and staff. Procedure was handled in two appts, pain free both times! They were very accommodating to my special needs. I also appreciated the thorough consultation explaining all the details.

- Belinda G

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IF IT WASN'T FOR DR. MERCHANT'S EXPERTISE AND RETREATMENT OF A PREVIOUS ROOT CANAL DONE BY ANOTHER ENDODONTIST I WOULD HAVE LOST MY TOOTH. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. MERCHANT - HE IS THE BEST AND SO CARING AND SINCERE!!!!!!!!!!

- SUSAN K

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I, like most people not a big fan a tooth problems or getting them fixed, but Dr. Merchant and his staff are good as its gets and makes the whole thing easy. can't say enough. Thank you

- Matt H

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Not knowing if I was going to lose my tooth, Dr. Merchant was able to save it with a retreat root canal and also saved the porcelain crown. It was the first time ever that the numbing agent did not impact my day. There was zero pain and discomfort during the procedure and after the medicine dissipated. His confidence and expertise is second to none.

- Jane W

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Dr. Merchant and his staff are great. Everyone is always so pleasant.

- Claudia C

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