Root Canal Retreatment
When it comes to keeping our teeth healthy, prevention is always better than treatment. It is better to play offense as much as possible, in other words, than it is to play defense after issues have already started to pop up. Sometimes this isn’t possible, however, and despite our best efforts, things happen. One of the more common dental procedures out there is the root canal. A root canal works to remove the infected or diseased roots of your tooth and replace them with a material designed to help restore your tooth and keep it healthy. A crown is then typically placed over the top of the tooth in question.
For many individuals, the process only needs to be completed one time. Sometimes, however, you might need to have another treatment done on the same tooth that received the first root canal. This can happen for a variety of reasons.
What causes a failed root canal?First of all, it is important to note that sometimes teeth that eventually become reinfected were healthy for years after a root canal. In this instance, the root canal doesn’t really “fail” as it did its job and helped keep your tooth healthy for quite a while. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect and sometimes unforeseen issues arise after the root canal is completed. Sometimes there are things that happen around the time of the root canal that can cause an issue with the healing process of your tooth. If you have particularly narrow canals, for example, or a complicated anatomy in your root canals, then the procedure could become more complicated than anticipated, which might affect the effectiveness of the root canal.
Many times, problems with root canals are not caused by an issue with the previous root canal at all. A new injury or trauma to the tooth in question, for example, can open it up to the potential of new infection. The same goes for tooth decay that exposes the root canal and the material that was injected during the dental procedure to bacteria. Injuries that affect your crown and cause it to become loose, broken, or cracked are also risk factors that can cause your tooth to require a second root canal.
Is retreatment really a good option?Many patients are understandably upset at the idea of undergoing a second root canal on the same tooth. If your dentist thinks that your tooth would react well to treatment, however, it is always a good idea to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Teeth that are retreated can last the rest of your lifetime, whereas teeth that are pulled and replaced by implants can cause unforeseen issues.
If you think you might need a retreatment on a tooth that has had a root canal, contact us today at (503) 675-4594. We understand the concern that you are feeling and would be more than happy to sit down and evaluate your options with you. Give us a call and make an appointment for your evaluation today!