With the appropriate care, your teeth that have had endodontic treatment will last as long as other natural teeth. Yet, a tooth that has received endodontic treatment may fail to heal, or pain may continue to exist. Sometimes, the pain may occur months or years after treatment. If so, endodontic retreatment of a root canal may be needed.
Improper healing may be caused by the following:
- Curved or narrow root canals were not treated during the initial endodontic treatment.
- Complicated root canals went undetected during the initial endodontic treatment.
- The crown or restoration was not placed within the appropriate amount of time following the root canal procedure.
- The crown or restoration did not prevent saliva from contaminating the inside of the tooth.
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In some cases, new problems can influence a tooth that was successfully treated:
- Additional decay can expose a root canal filling material causing infection.
- A cracked or loose filling or crown can expose the tooth to new infection.
Once retreatment of a root canal has been selected as a solution to your problem, Orem endodontist Dr. Jon Jenson will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. He will re-clean the root canals and carefully examine the inside of the tooth. Once cleaned, Dr. Jenson will fill and re-seal the root canals and replace the restoration with a temporary filling.
You will need to return to your dentist as soon as possible in order to have a new crown or restoration placed on the tooth to restore full functionality.
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Utah County endodontist Dr. Jenson often has to perform retreatment of a root canal, especially when the original procedure was performed by a general dentist. Prior to retreatment, he will perform a thorough diagnosis to make sure retreatment of a root canal is required. Contact our endodontic office in Orem at the mouth of Provo Canyon today by calling our office or filling out our contact form on our site.