Root Canal Retreatment – Lorain, OH

Problems After Root Canal Therapy? We Can Help

The vast majority of patients don’t experience any issues after root canal therapy and simply enjoy lasting relief from their pain. Unfortunately, no treatment is infallible; sometimes you may notice discomfort in the tooth that was treated, which could either be the result of improper healing or the warning sign of an entirely new problem. If you get in touch with our Parkway Endodontics of Lorain office, Dr. Vaziri and Dr. James can give you a second chance at saving your tooth with root canal retreatment or help you by answering your questions.

Why Choose Parkway Endodontics of Lorain for Root Canal Retreatment?

  • We Consider Our Patients Our Partners
  • Knowledgeable and Straightforward Endodontists
  • Relaxing Oral Sedation Available


What Is Root Canal Retreatment?

Doctor Vaziri explaining root canal retreatment to a Lorain dental patient

As the name implies, root canal retreatment is a procedure that is performed on a tooth that has already received root canal therapy. It is often the best chance for saving your tooth in situations where the initial root canal has failed. We may recommend root canal retreatment if you are experiencing pain in the tooth in question or if there are any other signs that there’s a new issue that needs to be addressed.

Why Would I Need Root Canal Retreatment?

Doctor James treating an endodontic patient

Here are some of the most common reasons that a retreatment might be necessary:

  • The tooth did not heal correctly, possibly due to complicated canal anatomy that was not originally accounted for.
  • A crown was not placed on the tooth in time.
  • A new cavity may have allowed bacteria to enter the tooth.
  • The tooth in question sustained new damage, or the crown protecting it has cracked or compromised.

The Root Canal Retreatment Process

The conventional retreatment is a two-appointment procedure at our office in most instances. During the first visit, a small opening will be made either in your tooth or through your crown. The filling material that was previously used will be removed, and the inside of the canals will be cleaned again. We’ll check carefully for any unusual anatomy that may have been missed the first time. After the cleaning, a medication will be placed within the canals and a temporary filling will be placed in the tooth. We ask that the medication stay within the tooth for at least a week before you return for the second appointment. At the second appointment, the temporary filling will be removed and the medication will be taken out. After a final cleaning of the canals is completed, new gutta percha fillings will be placed within the canals and a temporary filling will be placed in the tooth. Then you will return to your general dentist for the final restoration. In the event that your crown is damaged or comes off during the procedure, it is recommended that a new crown is placed as soon as possible.