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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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Fruits for Whiter Teeth?

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BPA Exposure Affects Young Teeth

From the moment they erupt in our mouths as children, our teeth play a major part in our lives. As such, it’s essential to care for them well during childhood and continuing into adulthood. In a recent study done with lab rats, it was found that when teeth were exposed to BPA, “there were multiple […]

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Wax On vs. Wax Off

If you’ve ever shopped for dental floss – and you really should – you may have noticed that there are two varieties of nylon floss sold: waxed and unwaxed. Although most people prefer the sturdiness of floss coated in wax, many find that the added layer of wax can sometimes be difficult to comfortably fit […]

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What Your Bone Type Could Mean For Dental Implant Treatment

“It depends.” That’s probably an answer you will often hear if you’re considering getting dental implants. This is because there are so many things to consider when placing a dental implant. One of the many considerations that your dentist needs to take into account before placing a dental implant is what type of bone you […]

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