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Endodontic Retreatment

With proper care, even teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime. But sometimes, a tooth that has been treated doesn’t heal properly and can become painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. If your tooth failed to heal or develops new problems, you have a second chance. An additional procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth. If you have pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, talk to an endodontist about retreatment.


Why do I need another endodontic procedure?

As occasionally happens with any dental or medical procedure, a tooth may not heal as expected after initial treatment for a variety of reasons:

  • 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.

During retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth and remove the filling materials that were placed in the root canals during the first procedure. The endodontist then carefully examines the tooth, looking for additional canals or new infection. The endodontist then removes any infection, cleans and shapes the canals, and places new filling materials. The opening is then sealed with a temporary filling. Once the tooth heals, a new crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to protect it.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC OFFICE PROTOCOL:

During the COIVD-19 Pandemic and as per ADA and Mass Department of Health and Safety, our office is closed until further notice to elective dental/endodontic care. During this time, we may be able to accommodate some urgent dental emergencies after a telephone interview. Our office manager and front desk is taking telephone calls and trying to triage patients with acute pain. For safety of our dental staff, patients are triaged for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to their arrival at our office. Please call the office at 416-781-5251 for more information about this protocol. Note: Office appointments may take longer to allow for a more rigorous protocol of disinfection of all surfaces between patients following the CDC and OSHA standards for our collective safety. At York Hill Endodontics, we are committed to the highest standards of safety during your care under our supervision. When you arrive to the office, you will be asked to wash your face and hands before filling out forms. If you feel sick or are under the weather, we ask you to stay home until your symptoms are fully resolved. We are unable to treat patients with signs and symptoms of a cold, coughing, fever, sneezing, and other manifestations of an upper respiratory tract infection until those symptoms are fully resolved. We appreciate your understanding during this pandemic and our vigilance to provide the safest possible care to our patients and staff.