Endodontic Retreatment Specialist

Lakeside Endodontics

Endodontists located in Succasunna, NJ & Parsippany, NJ

While endodontic treatment is a lasting solution to most infections and inflammation in your teeth, it’s not infallible. If a procedure is done incorrectly, or if you have not followed your home care instructions after a previous procedure, you could find yourself with the same pain and symptoms that led to your first root canal. At Lakeside Endodontics in Succasunna and Parsippany, New Jersey, the team of experienced endodontists ensures your retreatment gets rid of your infection and your symptoms for good. Call the office or make an appointment online today.

Endodontic Retreatment Q & A

Why would I need endodontic retreatment?

Most endodontic procedures like root canals will never need further treatment. But sometimes a variety of factors can mean that they need to be replaced or repaired.

One main cause is that the narrow or curved roots in a tooth can be extremely difficult to clean during the first procedure, and a small amount of infection remains when the first root canal is completed. Sometimes, a crown was placed incorrectly or is later cracked to allow the infection to re-enter the tooth. Any of these issues could mean that the tooth will need to be re-treated.

How do I know if I need retreatment?

Sometimes, you’ll have an accident or injury that makes it clear you need retreatment. If you have fractured a tooth, or have lost, cracked, or broken a filling, you’ll definitely need to seek retreatment for the tooth.

In other cases, you may notice that the pain you had before your root canal is either back or it never left. You might have similar symptoms to the ones that led you to get a root canal in the first place, like facial swelling, sensitivity to temperature, and throbbing pain. Look out for these early signs that your endodontic treatment was ineffective so that you can address the problem as quickly as possible.

Finally, some people can have an infection and not notice no symptoms at all. Because of this, it’s important to see your dentist for regular checkups, dental cleanings, and X-rays.

What happens during endodontic retreatment?

The process is essentially the same as your initial root canal. Your endodontist at Lakeside Endodontics removes the crown and reopens your tooth, then removes whatever filling was used in the first procedure. Once they have access to the root of the tooth, they can do a more thorough examination of the infection.

After the tooth has been thoroughly inspected and cleaned of any remaining infection, the canals are filled and sealed thoroughly, and the tooth will be capped once more.

If you think your endodontic procedure was ineffective or if you’re worried it may have become compromised, you should see the professionals at Lakeside Endodontics as soon as possible. For more information, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.