Endodontic Retreatment

You have been referred for a retreatment, what does that mean? Sometimes a tooth that has had an endodontic procedure does not heal or has a new problem develop. When this happens, even years after successful treatment, retreatment can save the natural tooth one more time.

Retreatments can be more challenging than providing initial treatment, and for this reason most dentists refer patients needing retreatment to endodontists.  Dr. Cheuvront is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics which ensures the highest quality of care for patients and demonstrates an exemplary level of knowledge, understanding, and clinical expertise in endodontics, he has received advanced training in retreating teeth and has significant experience in performing retreatment procedures.

During retreatment the crown, post, and core materials already in the tooth will be removed to permit new access to the root canal. The canal filling from the previous treatment will be removed and the canal will be the thoroughly cleaned and shaped. The operating microscope will be used to examine the canal, and magnify and illuminate deep into the root canals of your tooth. Frequently, the operating microscope allows discovery of the source of the problem, additional canals, or unusual shapes that will require treatment. If the canals are untreatable or blocked, endodontic surgery might be necessary and recommended.

After cleaning and shaping the canals, the Doctor will fill them with a sealing material and place a temporary filling in the crown of the tooth. Retreated teeth can function well for years. Saving a natural tooth is always the best option.

When the procedure is complete, you will want to return to your dentist. He or she will complete the restoration with a permanent filling, and a new crown to restore your natural tooth to full function. Nothing works as well as a natural tooth for chewing, biting and keeping other teeth in place. Through retreatment we are given one more chance to keep our own natural teeth for as long as possible.

AAE Video: Retreatment

This video was created for the American Association of Endodontists and is 2:53 minutes in length.