Root Canal Retreatment

Boca Raton Endodontic Retreatment

Sometimes, after a root canal is performed, the affected tooth may not heal correctly. A tooth may not heal properly because the previous Endodontist may have missed narrow or curved canals, did not seal the root canal properly, or the crown was not added to the tooth in a timely matter. For teeth that developed new problems or failed to heal, a retreatment procedure can save the natural tooth.

Retreatment Process

The process of retreatment is very similar to that of a root canal. The Dr. will make his way to the root of the tooth. Once past the canal filling, the Dr. will diagnosis the problem and address the specific issue addressing you. Sometimes the canals may be blocked, too narrow, or developed another infection. Whatever the problem is, once the Dr. has cleaned the canals, he is able to identify the source of the problem and fix it. In some cases, the Dr. may have to remove other restorative materials in order to complete the retreatment. Retreatment is the best option to keeping your natural teeth healthy and functioning. Dr. Mitchell has extensive knowledge in retreatment procedures. He is highly skilled at identifying the underlying problem before entering the tooth canal. His process is known to be extremely painless and efficient

Remove or Retreat?

The alternative to retreatment is removing the tooth and replacing it with an implant. Keeping your natural tooth is a far better alternative than extraction.  The extraction path turns out to be much more costly and harder to maintain than a root canal retreatment procedure. In most cases, if the tooth has healthy gums and good bone density, the retreatment process has a success rate of upwards of 75% . Dr. Mitchell will review each patient on a case-by-case basis and help you determine if your tooth is a candidate for the retreatment process. Based on your needs, Dr. Mitchell will evaluate the chances of a successful retreatment procedure.