Root Canal Retreatment
Root Canal Retreatment
Although you usually see the dentist for routine cleanings and to fill small cavities, root canal treatment is another common procedure. Root canal treatment involves repairing a cavity that has become too deep in the tooth. When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed, root canal treatment is the procedure that is needed. If this issue is not treated quickly, it can lead to a great deal of pain and even the need to remove the tooth. Luckily, root canal treatment is a relatively pain-free process and the problem can usually be fixed in two office visits. However, given some complications that can happen after root canal treatment, root canal retreatment might be necessary — but these instances are rare. Most root canal treatments allow your tooth to function like a normal tooth. But if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene techniques, or if your tooth fails to heal properly after root canal treatment, that can lead to infection and the need for retreatment.
Why Would the Tooth Fail?
Given the complexity of tooth roots and the importance of proper dental hygiene, there are many ways that a tooth may not heal properly. Take a look at some common reasons below:
- The canal anatomy is too complex
- The tooth didn’t heal as expected
- The deep, narrow root wasn’t cleaned completely
- The root became reinfected
- There was a fracture in the tooth
- The crown became loose
Given the complexity of a tooth root and the many complications that can happen after the initial treatment, the need for retreatment is very possible. After you understand why a tooth might fail after the initial root canal treatment, it’s also vital that you understand the signs to look out for.
Understanding the possible symptoms can lead to faster treatment and fewer complications. If your tooth is starting to fail, we usually feel pain in the problem area. While it’s normal to feel pain in the tooth, you might also feel discomfort in the gums. Also, it’s normal to feel sensitivity from heat or cold, and you might even feel tenderness in your lymph nodes under your jaw.
Cardinal Dental Group Can Help
If you happen to live in the La Mesa, California area, then be sure to contact Cardinal Dental Group for all of your dental care needs. Our dentist, Dr. Paul Michels, studied at the University of Southern California School Of Dentistry and he is very passionate about dentistry. For questions about root canal retreatment, or to make an appointment with our team, give us a call today!