Most teeth that have undergone endodontic (root canal) therapy can last as long as other healthy teeth with the right care.
However, an endodontically treated tooth occasionally does not recover. Sometimes, even after a successful procedure, the tooth develops pain or diseased.
You still have time if your tooth has not recovered or if it has developed new issues. Endodontic retreatment is a different procedure that might be able to save your tooth.
Who performs endodontic retreatment?
In dental school, all dentists receive introductory instruction in root canal therapy. However, many dentists refer patients needing endodontic retreatment to endodontists because doing so can be more difficult than doing so for the first time.
Dentists who have completed at least an additional two years of advanced training in diagnosis and root canal therapy are called endodontists. They only practice endodontics, so they deal with issues of this nature every day. Experts in both nonsurgical and surgical retreatment procedures are endodontists. When treating challenging cases, such as teeth with narrow or blocked canals or unusual anatomy, they draw on their specialized training and experience. To carry out these unique procedures, endodontists may employ cutting-edge technology like operating microscopes, ultrasonics, and digital imaging.
What justifies another endodontic procedure for me?
A tooth may not heal as anticipated after initial treatment for a variety of reasons, as is occasionally the case with any dental or medical procedure:
- The initial procedure did not include any treatment for narrow or curved canals.