Root Canal Retreatments in Cedar Hill, TX

Although root canal therapy is generally very successful, there are some rare cases where the procedure does not heal as expected. If you are experiencing ongoing pain and discomfort after a root canal, our team at DnA Endodontics in Cedar Hill, TX, may recommend root canal retreatment. This can promote healing and restore the affected tooth's health and function.

​​​​Why Would a Root Canal Retreatment Be Needed?

Although it's not common, it is possible for a tooth to not heal properly after initial treatment. Here are some of the most commons reasons a root canal was not successful:

  • Narrow or curved canals made treatment difficult and resulted in an infection within the root canal system.
  • Complicated canal anatomy was undetected during the first procedure.
  • The placement of your crown was delayed.
  • A loose or broken filling or restoration exposes the root canal filling to bacteria.
  • New decay or fracture can expose the tooth to reinfection.
  • Resistant bacteria require specialized treatment.

What Happens During Endodontic Retreatment?

Endodontic retreatment is a lot like root canal therapy, but instead of removing the nerve, we'll remove the restorative filling material. And just like in your initial root canal, our objective is to remove all the bacteria causing the infection and pain.

Typical retreatment follows these steps:

  • We'll numb the area.
  • Our endodontist will reopen your tooth's crown so the restorative material, including the crown, post, and filling material, can be removed.
  • We'll clean the canals, reshape the pulp chamber, and search for any unusual anatomy or additional canals that need treatment.
  • We'll seal the root canals and temporarily place a filling in the tooth. 
  • After your endodontic treatment is complete, you'll need to return to your general dentist to have a new crown placed on the treated tooth to protect it and recover its full function and appearance. (Sometimes, your original crown may still be used.)

Is Root Canal Retreatment Right for You?

It is always best to try to save your natural teeth if possible. In some cases, your endodontist may use newer techniques that weren't available when you had your first procedure done. With modern technological advances, it is often possible to successfully retreat teeth that can last a lifetime.

Where Can I Find Root Canal Retreatment Near Me?

Endodontic retreatment may be necessary if you experience continued pain after root canal therapy. This procedure can relieve your discomfort and help save your natural tooth. At DnA Endodontics in Cedar Hill, TX, we are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients. If you need endodontic retreatment, call our office at 469-272-6792 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment today!