You might have undergone root canal treatment only to be told you’re going to need it again. This can be frustrating news to hear. Unfortunately, this happens in dentistry, and it’s usually out of the dentist’s hands. At Designer Smiles in Coral Springs, FL, we do our best to make sure treatment works the first time, but it doesn’t always work that way.
After initial treatment for a root canal, things don’t always go as expected. Narrow canals or ones that are curved can be missed during treatment leading to residual disease. If the core of the tooth was contaminated by an infection, it might also need retreatment.
Sometimes new events can happen to the same tooth necessitating treatment. If the tooth is traumatized or gets infected, the root canal will have to be retreated.
Retreatment will follow most of the same principles of your original root canal therapy. We’ll reach the root canal to clean it up. This will include removing any decay or dead tissue as well as any materials used in the first treatment.
During retreatment, special attention will be paid to any distorted anatomy to avoid missing anything. More careful planning has to be involved in retreatment, or else we risk the same thing happening again. At Designer Smiles, we understand how frustrating it can be to have to undergo the same procedure more than once. We do our best to guarantee that you don’t have to.
After all the cleaning is properly done, a temporary filling is placed in the tooth. You will have to come in at another time to complete the restoration.
The cost of root canal retreatment is variable. It’s usually higher than first-time therapy because retreatment is more complicated. It’s also more time-consuming to look for unusual anatomy and treat it. You can check with your insurance company or give us a call, and we’ll be able to help.
We do our best to give patients complete root canal therapy, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. If retreatment is needed, we’ll make it as convenient as possible.