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, Endodontic Retreatment may be needed.

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.
An example of a tooth with inflamed tissue
Inflamed Tissue
A visual of removing fillings from a tooth
Filling Removed
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Canals Cleaned
An illustration of new root filling material placed into a tooth's canals
Root Material Placed
An example of a tooth's filling restored by new root canal filling
Filling Restored
A representation of a fully healed tooth by new root canal filling placed
Healed Tooth

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 endodontic 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.

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

 
 

Palmetto Endodontics

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I was scared, but the visit and treatment were easy. I don't know why I was scared. These folks will treat you right!

- Chrisian P

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I have always had a fear of dental work. Dr. McEntire put my mind at ease, explained everything he was doing during the root canal and made me feel beyond comfortable. I am grateful to both he and his staff for the work done and overall experience.

- marie m

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I had a emergency dental situation arise and was referred to Dr. Spitz.She saw me immediately . I was in excruciating pain and was treated with extreme compassion . With great professionalism , she pinpointed the issue within minutes . Dr. Spitz began treating me and I felt relief in moments . Her kindness , as she explained to me everything she was doing , relaxed me and I was confident I was in the right hands . Her staff was also friendly, attentive and professional . I would highly recommend her to anyone with dental needs in her area of expertise . Thank you Dr.Spitz and your staff . A very grateful patient , Janice Adams Butler

- Janice B

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Dr. Barrett is meticulous and a perfectionist.

- Susan A

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