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 were not treated during the initial treatment.
- Complicated canals 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 did not prevent saliva from contaminating the inside of the 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.
Thomas K. Nasser, DDS
Our Latest Patient Testimonial
Dr. Nasser is wonderful. To start with something a bit personal, but which explains the slant on the rest of my review, I have PTSD and have a particular problem with dental procedures of any kind. However, Dr. Nasser helps me be less anxious. In fact, more than any other doctor I have EVER had who has completed any dental procedures in my mouth -- even though my visits to him have been of a more serious nature than the average dental ones usually are. For instance, on my first visit, redoing a root canal that had been done months earlier and since that time, I had been experiencing a headache due to an infection which required more than one treatment of antibiotics. Dr. Nasser actually gave me a very low percentile of viability, but he had also provided me with clear instructions on care. So far, it is still there. On my second visit, my concern was a very old root canal done in high school on one of my front teeth which was possibly becoming a problem. I believe I can relax (as well as I am able) because of his wonderful genial manner and his willingness to clearly explain processes, procedures, and their results, so I understand what is happening to me. For me, this is very important. If it was permitted, I would be going to Dr. Nasser for every filling, every crown, etc. because, even though I have a good "regular" dentist, Dr. Nasser is superior.
- Chris T
Our Latest Patient Testimonial
This was my first visit with this office but I've had endodontic work at other offices. I would rate this at the very top with the best possible rating above all of my prior experiences. I was very nervous going in but did not experience any of the pain I anticipated. I especially commend Dr. Nasser for explaining every step of the procedure down to the sounds I would hear from each procedure. He was very fast without sacrificing quality work. I appreciated his phone call the next day to check up on me too. Overall, I would recommend this office and everyone in it to anyone requiring an endodontist. The staff and the doctor are of the highest caliber. I thank you all for your dedication and patience with me! AMN
- Angie N