Root canals remain some of the most common types of endodontic procedures. Not only are they painless but they can help you save a tooth that has become infected. However, sometimes root canals can fail. When they do, getting root canal retreatment in Midtown Manhattan, NY, with a trusted doctor can be a reliable way to resolve the underlying problem.
What Is A Root Canal Failure?
A root canal failure occurs when you re-experience the same issues that caused you to get a root canal in the first place. These can include anything from tooth pain to an abscess near the infected tooth. Root canal failures can occur in the weeks following your root canal or may arise years after your initial treatment.
Root canals can fail for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons include:
- The root canals of the tooth were not completely cleaned and sanitized during the initial root canal. This is especially true of teeth with curved or hard-to-reach canals, or with teeth that have unusual anatomies.
- Improper placement of the root canal filling. Improper placement can allow bacteria to get into the tooth and cause reinfection.
- Delay in the placement of a tooth crown after the root canal or breakdown of the crown. A cracked crown can expose the inner tooth to new bacteria. Once inside, the bacteria can infect the tooth again.
- New trauma to the tooth, leading to cracks and fissures that let in bacteria.
Understanding Root Canal Retreatment In Midtown Manhattan, NY
During your first root canal, a doctor debrided and cleaned the root canal system within your tooth. Afterward, the tooth was filled with an inert material. You may or may not have opted for a restorative crown as well. During a root canal retreatment, some of these same steps apply.
A doctor will examine you and take diagnostic images to help understand why your root canal failed. If you work with a doctor who uses advanced technologies, the doctor will use the latest equipment to take off your crown and the core material inside your tooth. Any infected tissues will be taken out of the pulp chamber and your many root canals. The inside of the tooth will then be thoroughly cleaned before being filled with new inert material, such as biologically inert and safe gutta percha.
Once your tooth has been retreated, you will be sent back to a dentist to receive a new restorative crown designed specifically to fit over your tooth. It is important that you get your crown soon to protect the tooth from any further infections.
Is Your Tooth Pain A Sign You Need Root Canal Retreatment?
Any tooth pain deserves to be evaluated by an expert doctor, particularly in a tooth where you had a previous root canal. At Advanced Endodontics of New York, Dr. Mahua Bose-Pillai regularly performs root canal retreatment procedures. She brings her Harvard School of Dental Medicine training and skills to every patient experience. You can depend on her to use innovative tools and protocols like surgical microscopes and the GentleWave® Procedure to every root canal treatment and root canal retreatment.
To schedule an appointment at Advanced Endodontics of New York to talk about root canal retreatment or another endodontic need, please fill out our online form or call (917) 970-2505. A root canal retreatment could help you avoid further discomfort or a tooth extraction.