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Retreatment of Root Canal

Generally, root canal/endodontic therapy is about 85-90% successful, depending on the clinical studies published, especially with an expert root canal dentist such as those found at Kern Dental Specialties in Bakersfield. However, for approximately 10-15% of root canal patients, a tooth may need endodontic retreatment. These symptoms might occur months or even years after treatment. Fortunately, these patients have a second chance with root canal retreatment in Bakersfield.

Why Would I Need Retreatment of a Root Canal?

This may be because symptoms present including pain, sensitivity or reinfection. The tooth may not have healed properly after your initial root canal for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Complicated canal anatomy
  • Crown placement or other restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment.
  • Your root canal did not prevent contamination from saliva from entering inside of the tooth.

If your tooth has not healed or new problems have surfaced, endodontic retreatment may be indicated to try and save the tooth. Generally, endodontic retreatment has a very high probability of success, especially with expert endodontists such as those found at Kern Dental Specialties. Typically, our patients are sent to us by referral, because of our sterling reputation as the endodontist Bakersfield trusts for top-quality care.

What Happens During Endodontic Retreatment?

Retreatment of root canal, or endodontic retreatment, begins with removing restorative materials to allow access to the root canals. The previous root canal fillings are removed during the retreat root canal procedure. The root canals are then cleaned, shaped, and chemically disinfected with medications placed into the canal.

After the canals are cleaned, shaped and chemically disinfected, the dentist/endodontist fills and seals the root canals. The tooth is then restored with a temporary filling, which your general dentist will replace with a permanent filling or a crown, depending on the circumstances.

What Other Alternatives Do I Have to Endodontic Retreatment?

Endodontic Retreatment or root canal surgery may be a necessity if your tooth is infected, instead of performing tooth extraction. Whilst we make every attempt to avoid tooth extraction at Kern Dental Specialties, there are situations where tooth extraction is necessary.

If a tooth extraction space is left untreated and not replaced, it can create bite and chewing problems as the adjacent teeth, and the opposing teeth can drift, or over erupt into the empty space. This can create bite and chewing problems, not to mention it’s less aesthetically pleasing.

The best way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant, and at Kern Dental Specialties, we are specialists at dental implants also. A bridge or a partial denture can also be used to restore chewing function and prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting. However, your endodontist will discuss your options with you and recommend the appropriate treatment, with your consent. Remember that no matter how effective tooth replacements are, nothing is as good as your own natural teeth.

Contact Kern Dental Specialties

For further information about Kern Dental Specialties, contact us at (661) 324-7668. As the root canal dentist Bakersfield trusts, we also routinely perform retreat root canal surgeries, cracked tooth treatment and apicoectomy surgery, as well. We can do root canals under sedation, either oral, or intravenous where the patient will not feel or remember the experience and are proud to accept most insurance plans compared to other endodontists.