The dreaded root canal has become a cliché to describe any painful experience that you would rather not have, as in, “A midnight Twilight marathon? I would rather have a root canal.” The process is actually fairly painless, but, like a Twilight marathon, probably not an experience you’d seek out. Unfortunately, sometimes a tooth does not heal properly after it has been cleaned out, and re-treatment becomes necessary. Dr. Justin Kolnick, an experienced endodontist in Mt. Kisco, NY, uses the latest in dental technology to restore your tooth good health.
What Causes a Root Canal to Fail?
Root canal failure can occur months and even years after the original procedure. Failure can be attributed to a number of conditions:
- Excess saliva in the treatment area
- Inexperienced dentist performing the procedure
- Infected canals were overlooked
- Lengthy delay placing dental crown
- Cracks in a crown or tooth introduce new infection
Essentially, the failure is due to one of three things; either the original procedure failed to remove all of the infected tissue, something prevented proper healing, or a successfully treated tooth has become infected once again.
What Is Endodontic Retreatment?
New pain or visible cracks in the tooth can indicate a failed root canal. However, with the right treatment, the tooth can still be saved. If retreatment is an option:
- Your tooth will be reopened and cleaned thoroughly.
- Your dentist will use sophisticated tools to search for narrow canals that may have been overlooked in the first procedure.
- If canals are particularly narrow or blocked, surgery may be required to seal off the end of the root to prevent further decay.
- A temporary filling will be placed in the tooth.
- A new crown will be fitted to your tooth, restoring it to full function.
If you experience new pain in a tooth that has been treated, call 914.750.4034 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kolnick right away to determine whether you are a candidate for an endodontic retreatment. It might even be better than a root canal.
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