When root canal treatment is successful, as is true over 90% of the time, you end up with a tooth that is saved from having to be extracted and is as strong and durable as any other tooth in your mouth. Unfortunately, in those fewer than 10% of instances when root canal treatment fails, you will need to have further attention given to the tooth in order to restore it to health. There are two types of methods that are used by our Rockland endodontist, depending on the circumstances. One is an apicoectomy, a surgical procedure. The other is endodontic retreatment. At New City Endodontics, we are committed to the most effective care for you, our valued patient.
Why does root canal treatment fail sometimes? Unfortunately, no matter how skilled and experienced the practitioner, healing does not proceed as hoped for, a new infection sets in, or complications occur. Endodontic retreatment is very similar to re-doing the original root canal. And you can expect that the process will be made comfortable and virtually pain-free for you. The crown that was made for you and fitted onto the tooth will be removed so that our Rockland endodontist can gain access to the pulp area of the tooth. Of course, the pulp tissue and nerve were already removed when you had the original root canal treatment done. So in this case, the old filling material for the root canal will be taken out and replaced with new material. Endodontic retreatment is not ideal, of course, but it is a far better option than losing your tooth, needing then to go through the expense in time, effort, and money to replace it with a bridge or a dental implant.
It is always far better to keep your natural teeth whenever possible. When you are having problems after root canal treatment, contact us to arrange an appointment. Our Rockland endodontist will do everything possible to save the tooth.