Root canals are a safe and effective treatment to eliminate tooth infection and prevent the need for extraction. Unfortunately, if the root canal treatment is not performed properly the first time, or later becomes contaminated, you can have tooth pain or infection months or even years later. If this happens, you may need to have the procedure redone, referred to as endodontic retreatment. At Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio, our team has the expertise to help our patients in need of retreatment. If you are in pain, give us a call to schedule an evaluation.
Even though the nerve is removed during a root canal, there are times when it does not heal properly. Here are the most common reasons for needing endodontic retreatment:
The retreatment process starts with removing the old root canal filling material and locating any untreated canals. Next, the root canals are thoroughly cleaned, and the inner portion of the tooth is examined to identify cracks or leakage. After all signs of infection are eliminated, the canals are filled and sealed. If we cannot effectively access the canals, endodontic surgery is occasionally suggested to access that portion of the root.
Following the retreatment, the tooth may be tender. You should avoid chewing on it for a few days. Approximately half the patients take over-the-counter pain medication for a day or two. In most cases, a 6-month follow-up appointment will be scheduled to evaluate healing.
When possible, it is best to save your natural tooth. At Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio, we perform successful endodontic retreatments every day. To learn more about this procedure, call us at (210) 405-0473.