Endodontic Retreatment

With the appropriate care, your teeth that have had endodontic treatment will last as long as other natural teeth. Yet, a tooth that has received treatment may fail to heal or pain may continue to exist. Sometimes, the pain may occur months or years after treatment. If so, Dr. Kerper, Dr. Kane, or our endodontist, Dr. Stein may need to perform Endodontic Retreatment.

Improper healing may be caused by:

  • Curved or narrow canals that were not treated during the initial treatment.
  • Complicated canals that went undetected during the initial treatment.
  • The crown or restoration was not placed within the appropriate amount of time following the procedure.
  • The crown or restoration that did not prevent saliva from contaminating the inside of the tooth.
A digital illustration of a tooth with inflamed tissue
Inflamed Tissue
A digital illustration of fillings being removed from a tooth
Filling Removed
A digital illustration of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Canals Cleaned
A digital illustration of new root filling material placed into a tooth's canals
Root Material Placed
A digital illustration of a tooth restored by a new root canal filling
Filling Restored
A digital illustration of a fully healed tooth after placing a new root canal filling
Healed Tooth

Call us at Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Phone Number (805) 983-0245 to schedule an appointment with our practice.

In some cases, new problems can influence a tooth that was successfully treated:

  • New decay can expose a root canal filling material, causing infection.
  • A cracked or loose filling or crown can expose the tooth to new infection.

Once retreatment has been selected as a solution to your problem, the doctors will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. This restorative material will be removed to enable access to the root canal. The doctors will now clean your canals and carefully examine the inside of the problematic tooth. Once cleaned, the doctors will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth. Our endodontist, Dr. Stein has a high powered operating microscope to provide the highest level of precision while performing these procedures.

At this point, you will need to return to as soon as possible in order to have a new crown or restoration placed on the tooth to restore full functionality.