What is Non-Surgical Root Canal Retreatment?
A root canal procedure is done to remove the pulp of a tooth when it becomes infected or inflamed. The tooth is disinfected and then sealed to allow it to heal. Most of the time they are highly successful and that is all that is ever needed. Every now and then, however, the endodontist may need to retreat the tooth.
Once a tooth has had a root canal, it is usually left with a large hole that needs to be sealed – and is often restored with a crown. Until then, the tooth is left vulnerable. And if it cracks in any way, it leaves easy access for bacteria to enter – and infection to take over one more time. This would likely warrant a non-surgical root canal retreatment.
Another reason this procedure may be needed is if an area of infection was obstructed during the initial root canal. Bits of the infected area may still remain and need to be removed.
The retreatment procedure itself is much like the original procedure – it will be unsealed, cleaned, disinfected, and then resealed.
Benefits of Non-Surgical Root Canal Retreatment
Seeking a root canal retreatment when necessary has some benefits, including:
- Pain relief
- Ability to save a natural tooth
- Enhanced appearance
- Better oral health – and ultimately overall health
- Removal of infection
Are You a Good Candidate for Non-Surgical Root Canal Retreatment?
Those who are good candidates for non-surgical root canal retreatment will have had a root canal, but may still be experiencing:
- Pressure on the area
- Tooth sensitivity – to temperature and/or touch
- Abscess on the gum near the tooth
- Swelling of the gums, face, and/or neck
- A chipped or cracked tooth