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Root Canal Retreatment

3D MicroEndo

Endodontists located in Upper East Side, Gramercy, and Tribeca, New York, NY

Sometimes a tooth that's been treated with a root canal doesn't heal properly and requires retreatment. At 3D MicroEndo, the experienced endodontists perform root canal retreatments at their three locations in the Upper East Side, Gramercy Park, and Tribeca neighborhoods of Manhattan. If you had a root canal but still have tooth pain and sensitivity, call any of the New York City offices or schedule a consultation online to see if you need root canal retreatment.

Root Canal Retreatment Q & A

What is root canal retreatment?

It's possible for a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy to develop new decay and become inflamed and painful. 

When this happens, the team at 3D MicroEndo offers root canal retreatment to reopen the tooth and remove the decayed tissue. When necessary, they also provide endodontic surgery to access the tip of the decayed tooth. 

Root canal retreatment gives you a second chance to save your natural tooth. It's always better to try to save a tooth than have an extraction.

Why would I need root canal retreatment?

While rare, sometimes root canal restorations fail to heal correctly, so they can’t prevent additional contamination and decay. Some of the reasons you might need root canal retreatment include:

  • Long, narrow, or curved canals that weren't detected or treated the first time
  • A delay in getting a dental crown 
  • A new infection or decay develops from a damaged crown or exposed filling
  • A broken or cracked tooth

If you need root canal retreatment, you might have symptoms including tooth pain and sensitivity, tooth discoloration, pimples on your gums, or visible cracks in your tooth.

What happens during root canal retreatment?

Your endodontist begins by thoroughly numbing your tooth and surrounding tissue. They disassemble and remove your dental crown and reopen your tooth. 

The team at 3D MicroEndo uses 3D scans, lighting, microscopes, and rotary instruments to identify and clean the thin, long, or curved canals that might have been missed in your previous treatment. 

After ensuring that your tooth canals are clean and free of decay and bacteria, they fill your tooth with a biocompatible material and seal it with a filling. You will need to get a crown soon after your root canal retreatment to protect your tooth.

How should I take care of a tooth after root canal retreatment?

You might have some discomfort or sensitivity following a root canal, but you can take over-the-counter pain relievers and use ice packs to soothe your pain. 

You might also want to avoid chewing hard food with the treated tooth. You should brush and floss normally and make an appointment right away to have a new crown placed on the retreated tooth. 

If you think you might need root canal retreatment, call 3D MicroEndo or make an appointment online today.