Endodontic Retreatment

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

Endodontists located in La Mesa, CA

A root canal treatment should last a lifetime, but in some cases, you might experience complications. That's where endodontic retreatment comes in, and it’s a specialty offered by Dr. Jack Pawlak and Dr. Craig Deagle at their dental office in La Mesa, California. With endodontic retreatment, your affected tooth is reopened, examined, and treated so it can heal properly.

Endodontic Retreatment Q & A

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

What is endodontic retreatment?

A traditional endodontic treatment is usually a routine root canal procedure. In most cases, a root canal will heal a compromised tooth, so it doesn't decay further.

However, there are specific instances where a root canal does not deliver the desired results. When this happens, you might need an endodontic retreatment.

With this type of service, Dr. Pawlak or Dr. Deagle reopens your affected tooth to examine the problem and take corrective actions. That usually involves re-cleaning the affected tooth canal to eliminate any remaining pulp and bacteria, and treating inflammation and infection that is causing tooth pain.

Sometimes endodontic retreatment is also needed if the placement of your crown was delayed after your initial root canal, or if the restoration somehow was not sealed properly.

Dr. Pawlak and Dr. Deagle handle each case differently, and they can assist you in making the best decisions for your oral health.

How do I know if I need endodontic retreatment?

Even after a successful root canal, sometimes a new problem can create the need for endodontic retreatment. You might develop a crack in your tooth or in the crown, which can expose your tooth to infection and decay.

You might experience some common symptoms that indicate it could be time for an endodontic retreatment. These may include:

  • Pain that does not go away several days after the procedure
  • Swelling or abscesses of the gums
  • Discomfort that pain relievers don't resolve

In some cases, you might not experience any symptoms that indicate the need for endodontic retreatment. The best way to avoid complications after a root canal is to have regular dental visits and to alert your dentist if you suspect any problems.

What can I expect after endodontic retreatment?

Like any medical procedure, endodontic retreatment is not guaranteed to work. However, if there was a misstep in your original root canal procedure, endodontic retreatment can correct any problems and will usually resolve the issue permanently.

In rare instances, there might be an underlying problem that is causing dental complications, such as an autoimmune condition. If you have repeat issues with root canals, your dentist can recommend next steps or refer you to a specialist.

The success of any dental treatment also relies on your oral health habits. Take good care of your teeth, and they will last you a lifetime.

To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Pawlak or Dr.Deagle in La Mesa, California, about endodontic retreatment today or book an appointment online.