Sometimes a tooth that has been treated with a root canal does not heal properly and may become painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. If your tooth failed to heal or develops new problems, there is a second chance available through retreatment. If you have pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, contact Dr. Cook and Louisville Endodontics today!
Why do I need retreatment?
Occasionally it happens that a tooth may not heal as expected after your initial dental or medical procedure. This can happen due to several factors including:
- Narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedure.
- Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure.
- The placement of the crown or other restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment.
- The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside of the tooth.
In other cases, a new problem can jeopardize a tooth that was successfully treated. For example:
- New decay can expose the root canal filling material to bacteria, causing a new infection in the tooth.
- A loose, cracked or broken crown or filling can expose the tooth to new infection.
- A tooth sustains a fracture.