Root Canal Retreatment
Most often, a tooth that has been treated with a root canal treatment can last a lifetime. Infrequently, a tooth that has been root canal treated may display signs of persistent or recurring disease months or even years later, with or without symptoms. When this occurs, root canal retreatment is likely to be recommended to save your tooth.
There are many reasons why a treated tooth may not heal properly or develop another infection; it may have root canals that were not cleaned thoroughly during the initial root canal treatment. In some cases, the tooth may have extra infected root canals that were not detected during the first procedure. Cavity or fracture that develops afterward can also lead to reinfection.
Since retreatments are more complex, they are typically performed by an endodontic specialist. Endodontists have advanced training in root canal treatment and retreatment and are experts in saving diseased natural teeth from extraction.
How Endodontic Retreatment Works
Were you referred for endodontic retreatment? As we do with all other procedures, we will ensure that we understand all of your needs in advance so that your experience will be extra comfortable every step of the way.
With a thorough examination performed using an advanced cone-beam CT, Dr. Alan Lee assesses the condition of the tooth and causes of the reinfection, which determines the treatment options.
If non-surgical root canal retreatment is indicated, Dr. Alan Lee starts by expertly numbing your tooth with leading-edge technology specially designed to significantly reduce any discomfort. When we're sure your tooth is numb and you are comfortable, he will continue with the root canal retreatment, which involves:
- Using the surgical microscope to remove the existing canal-filling material to disinfect and shape the root canal(s) using state-of-the-art Erbium laser technology and sterile instruments.
- Refilling the canals with a biocompatible material
- Sealing the tooth and preparing it for permanent restoration to be placed by your dentist
Some retreatment cases require multiple visits to ensure proper healing of the infection. Use of the laser technology increases the likelihood of the treatment being completed in one visit, saving your precious time and enhancing your experience with us.
Is Endodontic Retreatment Right for You?
The goal of endodontic retreatment is to save your reinfected tooth and restore it to normal function. Dr. Alan Lee will provide you with an accurate diagnosis and his recommendation to ensure that you can make the best decision for your oral health.
We Always Have Your Best Interest in Mind
Occasionally, Dr. Alan Lee may suggest monitoring of your tooth without any immediate intervention. Sometimes, he may recommend extraction as the best treatment option. Dr. Alan Lee tailors his treatment plan by understanding your lifestyle needs and aspirations for oral health. Through his thoughtful approach, Dr. Alan Lee always has your best interests in mind.
Root Canal Retreatment vs.Tooth Extraction
If the tooth isn’t visible when you smile, you may wonder if removing it would be the easier option. However, in many cases, extraction of the affected tooth can lead to other complications.
Missing a tooth or teeth can affect your ability to chew comfortably and cause other teeth to shift out of their proper position. This leads to a multitude of other oral health problems, and Dr. Alan Lee highly recommends endodontic treatment as your first choice for optimal long-term oral health whenever feasible.
Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist
Root canal retreatment gives your tooth a second chance, and Dr. Alan Lee can help you preserve your natural tooth.
Please call us at (703) 429-9926 to schedule an appointment with our endodontist in Reston, VA. We also serve patients in Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Centerville, Manassas, Vienna, Fairfax, Tysons, Great Falls, Sterling, Ashburn, South Riding, Loudon County, and surrounding communities.