When properly cared for, root canal treatments at Cascade Endodontics in Orem can last a lifetime. But a root canal, properly known as endodontic treatment, is a complex procedure, and sometimes retreatment becomes necessary.
When a root canal is performed, an affected tooth’s root is removed, and the tooth is sealed. In some cases it doesn’t heal as it should, and patient discomfort doesn’t completely go away. And that is when we perform endodontic retreatment.
Causes for the failure of the original root canal may be restricted or unusually shaped canals in the root of the tooth; a new infection from new decay; a damaged crown; or contamination from the patient’s saliva.
That original root canal was performed in order to save the tooth. If pain persists afterward, then there are several options:
- Tooth extraction
- Endodontic retreatment
An extraction was an option before the original root canal was performed, and the patient may consider that once again.
An apicoectomy involves oral surgery, in which an incision is made at the tip of the tooth’s root, and the infected part of the root is removed.
In endodontic retreatment, the crown that was placed over the original root canal is removed, and canal area is cleaned out a second time. The area is inspected for any unusual anatomy or extra canals that would have caused the first root canal to fail. Any infected tissue is removed, the canals are re-shaped, and then refilled and resealed.
Every case is different, and patients at Cascade Endodontics in Orem are fully apprised of their retreatment options. If you’ve had a root canal and your pain persists, give us a call to schedule a consultation.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097