Root Canal Retreatment

Root Canal Retreatment in Lake Jackson

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Most root canal treatments are successful, and the treated teeth last for a lifetime with proper care. However, it is possible for those teeth to heal improperly, which can lead to them becoming painful or re-infected months or even years after the initial treatment.

Root canal retreatment provides you with a second chance to save those teeth. A second treatment allows us to help you reduce discomfort and pain and promote correct healing in the process. If you have a tooth which previously received a root canal treatment and is currently causing pain or discomfort, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.


What Happens When A Root Canal Fails?

As with any medical treatment, things can go wrong with root canal therapy. These are some of the things which can potentially go wrong during the recovery time after a root canal treatment:

  • Complicated canal anatomy can go undetected during the first treatment.
  • An imperfect restoration could allow saliva contamination to the interior of the tooth.
  • Curved or narrow canals could go untreated during the initial procedure.
  • A delay in placement of the crown/cap could expose the tooth to bacteria.

Sometimes a tooth heals successfully after a root canal treatment, but then develops problems much later. These problems can manifest for a variety of reasons. Some of the things which could potentially happen to a tooth previously treated with root canal therapy include:

  • The tooth can become fractured.
  • New decay can expose your root canal filling material to bacteria, which can lead to infection.
  • A fractured or broken crown or filling can expose your tooth to bacteria.

What Happens During Root Canal Retreatment?

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During your root canal retreatment procedure, Dr. Nikdel will open the affected tooth and remove the filling materials placed in the tooth during your prior root canal procedure. Next, he will then carefully examine your tooth and look for other canals or infection. He thoroughly removes any infection, cleanses and shapes the canals, and applies replacement filling materials.

During this appointment, he will place an antibacterial paste composed of calcium hydroxide in the canals to cleanse the bacteria from inside the tooth. This paste needs to remain in the tooth over an extended period to reduce the bacteria and maximize the chance of successful healing.

At your second visit, we conclude the root canal retreatment procedure by removing the temporary filling and removing the calcium hydroxide. After again cleaning and shaping the root canal, Dr. Nikdel inserts new root canal filling material and seals the opening. Lastly, he will place a new crown to protect your re-treated tooth.

Is Root Canal Retreatment Necessary?

If a tooth has previously had a root canal therapy done and becomes infected again, avoiding re-treatment could cost you money & affect your oral health. Your tooth, gums, and overall health face the same risk factors as with the first infection, and the longer treatment is avoided, the more possible it becomes for the tooth to be damaged beyond repair. Swift action helps to protect your tooth, your health, and bring quicker relief to your pain and discomfort.

How Do I Know if My Root Canal Needs Retreatment?

The signs that a root canal has failed are much like the signs you originally experienced when you first required root canal treatment. Some of these symptoms include:

Facial Swelling

If your face or mouth become swollen after your original root canal procedure, the root canal might have become re-infected. If you experience this swelling, you should have this addressed as soon as possible before the condition worsens.

Lingering Pain

While it is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort or sensitivity in the days after a root canal procedure, if you experience pain that lingers for more than a few days, it is possible infection has again begun to develop in your tooth. Also, if the pain from your original root canal procedure subsides and then returns after a while, it's important to have it addressed by a dental professional.

Discharge from the Treated Area

If the area surrounding a tooth treated previously with a root canal procedure begins releasing a discharge, this could be a symptom of infection. You should treat this as soon as possible.

If you experience any of these symptoms after having a root canal treatment done, Dr. Nikdel and our talented team are ready to help!

Why Should I Save My Natural Tooth Rather Than Have It Extracted?

Saving your natural tooth is considered the ideal option in most cases, as long as the tooth is not broken or too badly damaged to function. Keeping your natural teeth allows you to retain your full chewing ability and keep enjoying your favorite foods. Root canal treatments allow you to keep your natural tooth structure to support optimal oral health.

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It may be tempting after experiencing a problem with your first root canal just to give up and have the tooth extracted. Don’t be in a hurry to get a tooth pulled because you think it will be easier or less expensive. You need your teeth to remain in place to prevent your other teeth from shifting, and teeth play an important role in maintaining your jawbone strength and youthful facial features. Root canal retreatment can help you save that tooth, so you can continue to use it for many years to come.

The alternative to a root canal procedure is to extract the tooth and replace it with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore functionality and prevent your other teeth from shifting. The disadvantages to these other procedures are that they require more treatment time and are more expensive than a root canal retreatment procedure. They also may require additional procedures to treat the surrounding teeth and tissues.

Root Canal Retreatment Can Save Your Tooth

If you have had a root canal treatment in the past and have experienced symptoms which indicate you may need a retreatment procedure, Dr. Nikdel has the training and experience to help you find relief. Root canal retreatment could potentially save your original tooth, allowing you to continue using it for many years to come. This is preferable to having the tooth extracted and can save you both time, money, and inconvenience. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!


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