Many people shy away from root canal retreatment because of the fear of undergoing the same bad experience all over again. When an experienced professional does a root canal, the risks of failure are minimal. While the risks of a root canal fail are quite minimal, patients who would benefit from a second treatment often request for re-treatment. The procedure is likely to cost less than other alternatives such as dental implants or prosthetic teeth.
Though it’s not a complex procedure, root canal retreatment is usually completed in 1 to 3 visits. However, there are situations where this treatment may not work.
If you had an original root canal treatment that failed, you can approach a dentist who will bring you in for another visit. Retreatment involves the dentist removing all the materials that were added during the initial treatment and starting all over. The area is then cleaned all over again and then shaped for filling to be done all over again.
A root canal retreatment is done by cleaning up parts of the root area that weren’t properly cleaned during the initial treatment. The dentist also checks for cracks in the tooth as well as on the crown itself.