Endodontic Retreatment
in Oxnard, CA

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Endodontic Retreatment

Endodontic treatment, or root canals, are designed to treat infected pulp within a tooth and shield it from future complications. Generally, a successful root canal procedure will serve a patient for life. However, there are instances where a tooth doesn’t heal as expected or patients experience discomfort months or even years post-treatment. For such scenarios, endodontic retreatment becomes necessary. This procedure may be needed if previous treatments missed narrow or curved canals, if restorations were delayed or improperly sealed, or if new infections develop.

Causes for Retreatment

Several factors can jeopardize a successful root canal. These include the emergence of new decay that contaminates the root canal’s filling material, or the filling becoming loose or cracking, leaving the tooth vulnerable to fresh infections.

The Retreatment Process

Upon determining the need for endodontic retreatment, our dentists at Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard will reopen the tooth to access and remove the previous filling. This step enables a thorough examination of the root canal, ensuring all issues are addressed. Following a comprehensive cleaning and resealing of the canal, a temporary filling is placed. To restore full oral functionality, a prompt appointment for final restoration or crowning is scheduled.