Root Canal Re-Treatment From Vienna Endodontics – Dr. A Citron, Dr. W Citron, and Dr. T Nguyen
After you have had root canal therapy, the treated tooth can last an entire lifetime with proper care. However, there are some instances when the bone fails to heal correctly, or becomes infected again. This can occur months or even years after the tooth has been treated. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort after having root canal therapy, contact Vienna Endodontics at 703-938-5920 to see how we may still be able to save your tooth!
Why Your Tooth May Not Heal Correctly After Root Canal Therapy
It may seem puzzling when a tooth starts to experience painful symptoms months after having it treated. However, there are several different reasons why a tooth may not heal as expected.
In other situations, the need for re-treatment may be caused by a new issue that developed on the treated tooth.
How Root Canal Re-Treatment Is Performed
Prior to recommending re-treatment, we will go over all the options available to you, and give you the option of choosing what you feel most comfortable with. If you choose re-treatment, we will reopen the tooth to access the root canal filling material. If there is a crown, we will need to go through it to access the root canal system. This will rarely damage the crown.
Once the canal filling is removed, we will carefully clean and examine the canal using a microscope and/or high powered dental loupes. We will look for anything unusual that may require treatment.
Then we will fill the canals and reseal them, and place a temporary filling in the tooth. In cases where the canals are very narrow or blocked, we may recommend endodontic surgery.
Once treatment is completed, you may need to follow up with your dentist as early as possible to have a permanent crown or another restoration placed on the tooth for full protection.
We always attempt to save your natural tooth whenever possible. Even after being re-treated, a tooth can last for years or a lifetime.
If you are interested in exploring re-treatment therapy, please contact Vienna Endodontics in Northern Virginia at 703-938-5920.