Endodontic Retreatment Blacksburg Virginia

What is Endodontic Retreatment, and When Do You Need It?

So you recently had an Endodontic Treatment. When would you need an Endodontic Retreatment?

You might be thinking “Well I already had an Endodontic Treatment! When would I need a RE-Treatment?” Unfortunately for some patients, a tooth may not fully heal after an Endodontic Treatment. This may be caused by multiple things, such as salivary invasion in the healing tooth, or a cracked filling exposing the interior of the tooth. Do not panic, as Real Life Endo can save your tooth with an Endodontic Retreatment! So what is an Endodontic Retreatment, you ask? 

What Endodontic Treatment is!

Endodontic Retreatment is simply retreating a tooth that had an Endodontic procedure. A retreatment may be necessary due to a cracked filling, a bacterial infection in the surgical area, or a crown was not placed on the tooth in a timely manner resulting in infection. This retreamtment includes removing a crown and inspecting & cleaning the infected tooth. A retreatment is performed to ensure that your smile stays healthy and pain free. An extraction of a tooth is always the last resort, so our Real Life Endodontists will do everything they can to treat your tooth to save it. Once an Endodontic Retreatment is completed, it is recommended to see a Real Life Dentist as soon as possible to have a crown put in place to protect the tooth.

Our process

  1. If you and our endodontist choose retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. In many cases, complex restorative materials — crown, post and core material — must be disassembled and removed to permit access to the root canals.
  2. After removing the canal filling, our endodontist can clean the canals and carefully examine the inside of your tooth using magnification and illumination, searching for any additional canals or unusual anatomy that requires treatment.
  3. After cleaning the canals, our endodontist will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth. If the canals are unusually narrow or blocked, your endodontist may recommend endodontic surgery. This surgery involves making an incision to allow the other end of the root to be sealed.
  4. After your endodontist completes retreatment, you will need to return to your regular dentist as soon as possible to have a new crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to its full function.