Root Canal Re-Treatment
After a root canal procedure, some teeth may not heal as expected or may suffer from a new infection which will require another root canal procedure to be performed. This often occurs when the initial treatment did not remove all of the affected areas, when decay accumulates again in the treated area, or when the tooth becomes cracked or loose and is exposed to new infection.
Some patients may not experience any symptoms from this condition, while others may experience swelling or pain while chewing. It is important to see Dr. Crisp if you are suffering from any symptoms in a previously treated tooth.
In order to treat a tooth that did not heal properly or has been infected again after a root canal procedure, a re-treatment procedure may be performed to ensure that the tooth is thoroughly cleared of any decay and is able to function properly.
What happens during the root canal re-treatment procedure?
During re-treatment, Dr. Crisp will re-open the affected tooth to gain access to the root canal filling. This may require disassembling crowns, posts and other restorative materials in order to reach the root of the tooth. The filling material from the initial procedure is removed and the canals will be thoroughly cleaned again. Dr. Crisp will carefully examine the area using magnification to detect any additional canals or unusual areas.
After the canals are cleaned, the tooth will be filled again with gutta percha and the canals will be sealed. A temporary filling will be placed in the tooth.
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia which numbs the affected area and relieves any pain and discomfort during the procedure. The anesthesia also helps patients relax and relieves any anxieties they may have.
Will I need more than one appointment to complete this procedure?
No. Dr. Crisp will place a permanent filling in the crown unless the crown needs to be replacedl. This helps restore full function to the tooth and protects against future infection or decay. If the tooth is abscessed Dr. Crisp may ask you to return in one month to check the healing progress.