What If My Root Canal Doesn’t Work?

At Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT, we know how scary root canals can be! We also know that all the hype is for naught, as they are no more painful than the average dental procedure. Our team wants you to embrace the process with confidence and let us know immediately if you need one, as it is often the best way to prevent further damage to an infected tooth.

According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canals, referred to professionally as endodontics, have a success rate of over 95% and, in most cases, last a lifetime. But every once in a while, there’s an exception to this rule.

In the highly unlikely event that you receive a root canal treatment and see signs of re-infection, or notice that the original infection has not receded, we are prepared to help! An apicoectomy, also called root-end resection, might be the best choice for you.

Root-End Resection

During the process, your dentist will:

  • Remove the tip of the tooth’s root, but leave the top of the tooth in place.
  • Clean out the area to prevent decay.
  • Remove inflamed gum tissue.
  • Reseal the root tip.

Root canal treatment is one of the most successful procedures at Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT, so an apicoectomy is often unnecessary, so long as you brush and floss regularly and see us for regular check-ups. We consider ourselves successful when our patients don’t even have to ask about it! However, on the off-chance that your root canal fails, we can still save the tooth. Don’t wait! Contact us today for an appointment.

Jon Jenson DDS

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1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT