When a root canal is performed by a specially trained endodontist (like those at Endodontic Associates Saratoga) and maintained with the proper care, a root canal treated tooth can be expected to last a lifetime. However, it is possible for the tooth to heal improperly and become infected and painful in the months or even years following the initial treatment. If this happens to your treated tooth, you have a second chance to save it with another treatment.
This procedure is called an endodontic retreatment, which is something that Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Sanfilippo have extensive experience with. Thanks to their years of training and cutting-edge technology, they are able to save many teeth that still need help even after receiving a root canal. If you feel any dental pain or discomfort in a tooth that has been previously treated with root canal therapy, be sure to give us call today, and we’ll be happy to help.
A tooth may not heal as expected after root canal therapy for a number of reasons:
In any case, if you experience any pain or swelling in a tooth that has previously been treated, be sure to reach out to us as soon as you can so the infection can be quickly eliminated.
When you come to see us, your endodontist will start by examining your tooth and discussing your treatment options. If you both agree that endodontic retreatment is necessary, the procedure will involve the following steps:
Our team of doctors has performed countless retreatments over the years, giving them the special skills needed to save even the most damaged teeth and ensure they are able to function for many years to come.
If endodontic retreatment is not a viable option, then we may recommend endodontic surgery instead. This may also be recommended with retreatment depending on a patient’s particular situation. Nonetheless, your endodontist will discuss your options with you and recommend the treatment they think is best.