Endodontic Re-Treatment

Teeth with endodontic treatment can last as long as natural teeth as long as you brush and floss daily, have routine check-ups and eat a healthy diet. However, if a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy and does not heal, or even if treatment is successful, sometimes pain resumes, and the tooth becomes diseased. Under these circumstances, endodontic retreatment may save your tooth.

Reasons for Retreatment

  • Damage to the root: Root damage can occur as a result of a root fracture or because of the formation of a cyst or infection around the tip of the root.
  • New decay develops: When the root canal filling is exposed to bacteria as a result of decay, the treatment area may become infected again. A broken, loose or cracked crown or filling can yield the same result.
  • Root canals are not thoroughly cleaned and sealed: For treatment to be effective, the root canals must be thoroughly cleaned and sealed as close to the root as possible. In some cases, the canals may be so tiny, curved or hardened that they may be difficult to clean thoroughly.

The Retreatment Procedure

During endodontic retreatment, the root canals are reopened, filled and sealed again. Usually the crown and other materials must be removed for the dentist to access to the canals. The inside of the tooth is carefully examined for the presence of other canals and unusual anatomy to ensure a thorough cleaning and sealing during this retreatment.

If the canals are narrow, curved or hardened, we can make an incision close to the end of the root, so that the tip of the root can be sealed.

Following the final visit, a new restoration must be placed to protect the tooth and to restore biting and chewing functions.

Alternatives to Retreatment

Endodontic surgery or surgery along with retreatment may be recommended. Tooth extraction is the only other alternative. This process is ultimately more expensive and time consuming because the tooth must be replaced. While modern tooth replacements are effective, nothing is better than your natural tooth.

If you have any questions, please call our office and speak to a member of our staff about retreatment.

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Rachel C.
I have been going to Park South Dentistry for the last few years and I can say that everyone in the office is extremely nice. The front desk staff are always super friendly and helpful, they make coming in a pleasure. The dental staff and dentists are also incredibly nice and make sure to take great care of their patients. If you have any questions or concerns, they are happy to explain and make you feel as comfortable as possible. I have never been a huge fan of going to the dentist and often come in nervous but I always leave happy and know that I had excellent dental treatment. It is a great office and I will be returning for as long as they will have me :-)
ANGELA P.
Dr. Janesh and Dr. Patel are amazing! This is the best dentist office I have ever been too, and I've been to several because I am very particular about my dental experience. Their staff is so warm, welcoming, accommodating, and knowledgeable. The dentists don't hurry you out of the seat, they actually take time to listen and explain the procedures and options. I've recommended 2 friends to them and they too love this office. I highly recommend Park South.
Clayton P.
Two years ago I moved to New York City from Iowa. My daughter recommended this dentistry. They have been extremely professional, caring, and fast. Teeth cleaning is a breeze. Cavities are taken care of quickly and well. I'm always amazed at how fast I'm out of the office, and I never feel rushed. Everyone is extremely helpful and personable and thorough, yet everything happens very quickly.
Kathy A.
Thus far the best staff I have ever encountered! And Dr Janash is a blessing! Simi & Eseeda answered all of my insurance questions (without confusing me!). Had my now pearly whites cleaned and polished, and filled my cavity - all in one visit! I will never be worried about seeing the dentist again with a staff at Park South Dentistry! Thanks guys! See you all in 6 months J
Kyle S.
I have been going to Park South Dentistry for over 6 years and I'm very happy with the experience. I've had cavities filled / replaced and been fitted for a night guard during that time, and I've always found the staff professional and pleasant to deal with. The only knock I can think of is that their building needs twice the amount of elevators that it has (and they're at floor 13 of 14), so make sure to budget a few extra minutes to get to and from your appointment.
Fabio O.
I had my first appointment at Park South last week and I have to say I couldn't be more happy. Scheduling my appointment was seamless and convenient, the front desk was extremely nice and Dr. Patel was very thorough. I have bad memories from my home town dentist but Park South totally changed the way I feel about going to the dentist, looking forward to coming back every 6 months for my cleanings!
James S.
Park South Dentistry has been my go to dentist for a few years now. They have very friendly staff and top notch dentists and technicians. I started and have had some minor dental work completed and also twice a year cleanings. I very highly recommend this office!
Ben T.
I've been a patient of PSD and both Dr. Janash and Patel for nearly 10 years. In a city where MANY of my friends have experienced dentists pressuring them to get questionably necessary work done, Dr. Janash and his staff have always taken a more passive approach. In nearly a decade of care I have always felt informed and cared for. A stellar example of that was when a crown came undone three days before I was leaving the country for my wedding. Dr. Janash (who had JUST had a baby) came in on a Saturday when the office was closed for a repair. Opened the office just for me and reattached the crown. This is the attention to detail, service and care you'll get at PSD, which extends from the dentists to the hygienists to the front desk where Simi greets you with a smile each and every time you arrive.