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Endodontic Retreatment - Westerville, OH 

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In a perfect world, everyone who receives root canal therapy will be able to maintain the treated teeth for a lifetime. Unfortunately, there is a possibility of improper healing or the teeth becoming re-infected, which can lead to serious disease and discomfort.

Thankfully, there’s still a chance to restore health and harmony to your smile through endodontic retreatment. Here at Elite Endodontics, Dr. Lisa will do everything in her power to diminish any pain you are experiencing and help your tooth stay in its rightful place. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Westerville, OH location if you suspect you may be in need of retreatment.

Why Do I Need Endodontic Retreatment?

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Improper healing after an initial root canal is one reason for endodontic retreatment. Here are some circumstances that can occur:

  • The placement of the dental crown or restoration was delayed too long following the root canal.
  • Extremely narrow or curved canals that were not treated during the initial root canal.
  • The restoration did not successfully prevent inner contamination from saliva.
  • Complicated anatomy in the canal(s) went undetected by the dental team.

Additionally, new oral developments can jeopardize the established success of a root canal in the following ways:

  • The crown or filling becomes loose or cracked, exposing the tooth to a new source of infection.
  • The tooth itself experiences a serious fracture.
  • The root canal filling material is exposed to harmful bacteria.

How Does Endodontic Retreatment Work?

Animation of inside of tooth after retreatment

During retreatment, Dr. Lisa will start anesthetizing your tooth with topical and local anesthetic. She will then reopen the tooth, which may involve the disassembly of existing restorative materials. The existing root filling material will be eliminated, and the canals will all be as thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as possible. We will utilize digital X-rays and our state-of-the-art surgical microscope to enhance cleaning.

Once the process is finished, gutta-percha will be reestablished in the tooth and the canals will be sealed. A temporary filling will be placed as well to protect the treated area.