With proper care, even teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime. But sometimes, a tooth that has been treated doesn’t heal properly and can become painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. If your tooth failed to heal or develops new problems, you have a second chance. An additional procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth.
During retreatment, an endodontist will reopen your tooth and remove the filling materials that were placed in the root canals during the first procedure. The tooth is then carefully examined for additional canals or new infection. The endodontist then removes any infection, cleans and shapes the canals, and places new filling materials. Once the tooth heals, a new crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to protect it.
If you live in or around Federal Way and have any questions about complications with root canal treatments, give us a call today!