What is a retreat of a root canal?

What is a retreat of a root canal?

Root canal retreatment involves the removal of the previous crown and packing material, the cleansing of the root canals, and the re-packing and re-crowning of the tooth. In short, root canal retreatment is almost identical to the original procedure, aside from the structural removal.

Why do I need a retreat root canal?

Many times, when the infection reenters from the top of the tooth, that is because the restoration originally placed wasn’t sealed perfectly well. Either way, when bacteria reenters the canal, you’ll need to either have a retreat root canal or have the tooth extracted.

When to talk to an endodontist about retreatment?

An additional procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth. If you have pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, talk to an endodontist about retreatment. For even more information on root canals, click to visit our Root Canals Explained page that offers a step-by-step explanation of the procedure, benefits and more.

What happens if a tooth breaks during the retreat?

If the retreat is performed on a tooth that already has a crown and that crown hasn’t broken during the retreat, we can seal the crown with a filling as your final restoration. In some cases, the original crown will break during your procedure, but this is not the most common outcome.

When to have a tooth retreatment procedure performed?

(Zitzmann, 2009) Time, cost, and more flexible clinical management indicate that endodontic retreatment procedures should always be performed first unless the tooth is judged to be untreatable. However, it is important to keep in mind the concept that not all retreatments are created equal.

When is endodontic retreatment needed After a root canal?

The discomfort that you feel long after your root canal has healed might be a signal that the tooth needs endodontic retreatment. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with your endodontist for an evaluation, and be sure to ask the following questions.

Where can I go for a root canal retreat?

While Dr. Monica does perform some retreats at our office, we will refer many retreat cases to a specialist. Endodontists (the specialists) have much more experience in performing both retreats and original root canals and because they do these procedures every day, they can be a great resource when needed.

If the retreat is performed on a tooth that already has a crown and that crown hasn’t broken during the retreat, we can seal the crown with a filling as your final restoration. In some cases, the original crown will break during your procedure, but this is not the most common outcome.

When do You Know you need a dental retreat?

If you are experiencing pain on a tooth that has previously had a root canal or if you have an abscess (a swollen area of your gums), these are tell-tale signs a retreat may be needed. It is also important to note that many abscesses start small and can remain unnoticed because they are not presenting with pain in your mouth.