Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal, treats infected pulp and protects the contaminated tooth from future problems. This treatment can last for a lifetime if well taken care of.
However, in some cases, the tooth either does not respond to the treatment or fails to heal properly, while in other cases, patients may start feeling discomfort or pain after a few months or years after treatment. To cater to these problems, endodontic retreatment is performed.
Endodontic retreatment is performed if:
- Narrow or curved root canals were missed in the first treatment.
- Canals that were previously undetected or missed have to be treated.
- Restoration or crowns were not placed at the right time.
- Restoration or crown could not protect the inside of the tooth from saliva.
- New decay-causing infection in the filling material of root canal
- Loose or cracked filling exposed to new infection
Once our Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard reach a correct diagnosis, the tooth will be reopened to access the filling material. All previous filling will be removed to allow the dentist to look into the root canal. The canal will be cleaned and carefully examined for all possible problems. After cleaning and sealing the canal, the dentist will temporarily fill the tooth.
If you need to undergo endodontic retreatment, your restoration or crowning appointment will be scheduled as early as possible to help restore complete oral functionality.