Root canal retreatment procedure
During root canal retreatment, your endodontist will:
- Create a small opening to gain access to the root canals
- Remove the filling material
- Carefully examine the inside of your tooth
- Clean the inside of your tooth to remove any infection or debris
- Fill and seal the root canals
- Place a temporary filling in the tooth
As soon as possible, You will need to return to your dentist to have a new dental crown or another type of restoration placed over your tooth to protect it and restore proper function.
My first root canal didn't work, why should I do it again?
If you decide against root canal retreatment, you will probably need an extraction. Once you lose a natural tooth, a range of other issues can arise. Remaining teeth will start to shift, causing problems with your bite and affecting the appearance of your smile. Without tooth roots, your jawbone will begin to lose density, affecting the stability of neighboring teeth and taking support away from your facial features. Jawbone deterioration can eventually cause facial collapse, which makes you look much older than you actually are. When possible, saving a tooth is always better than removing it. While dental implants offer some great benefits, nothing looks, feels, or functions like your natural tooth.