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When is a Second Root Canal Needed?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

All surgeries have a risk of complications, and root canal treatment is no different. There are many different reasons why your root canal may need retreatment or an additional surgery. Although it is not common for root canals to fail, here is why they sometimes do and why retreatment is your best option.

Bacteria

Endodontists do their best to remove all of the infection-causing bacteria in the tooth, but occasionally some of the bacteria can remain. Any left-behind bacteria can re-infect the tooth and cause more inflammation in the pulp.

Bacteria may also re-infect the tooth if a permanent filling is not placed soon after the root canal treatment. A temporary filling can breakdown or leak and allow bacteria into the canal.

Canals

If your tooth has more than the typical numbers of canals, then it is possible that one could be missed during the process. The unfilled canal will still be infected and the bacteria will multiply, infecting the other canals and leading to retreatment.

These mistakes occur very rarely as root canals have a 95% success rate. But, when they do, retreatment is needed to prevent further damage. It is best to visit an endodontist for retreatment. Retreatment can be very difficult and having a specialist doing the procedure is vital to success.

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What Your Bone Type Could Mean For Dental Implant Treatment

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The Battleground At the Root of An Infected Tooth

When a tooth is so badly infected that the bacteria make their way through the entire tooth and reach the gums beneath, the result is a painful infection at the base of the tooth (known as a periapical lesion). In addition to the general inflammatory pain at the site of infection, any pressure applied on […]

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Please, Please, Please Don’t File Down Your Teeth

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The Time Right After Your Tooth-Whitening Treatment is Critical

Teeth bleaching has been shown to be an effective and lasting treatment for stained teeth time and again. With the right treatment protocols, some patients even report white teeth lasting for a year or more. But regardless of which tooth bleaching treatment you get, here are some things to know if you want to maximize […]

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