Root canal therapy has a very high success rate, but nevertheless there’s always room for unexpected outcomes. Some decay might remain in overlooked areas of the tooth, or new decay might have occurred due to improper healing or a crown that was placed incorrectly. In these cases, you need to get in touch with Worcester Endodontics as soon as possible. We’ll address the problem with endodontic retreatment in Worcester, MA before the tooth is compromised, so it can continue to serve you well for years.
We may recommend that endodontic retreatment be performed if we discover one of the following:
The first step to endodontic retreatment is to open the tooth again in order to access the inside of it. We’ll need to remove the restoration and filling material that were previously placed so that we can have access to the blocked root canals. A thorough cleaning is performed, with close attention being paid to parts of the tooth’s anatomy that might have been overlooked the first time. The tooth will be refilled at the end of the procedure, and a new filling will be placed as needed.
Once retreatment is complete and you’ve gotten feeling back in your mouth, you’ll probably experience some discomfort and tenderness. You can easily manage it with anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. We recommend rinsing your mouth with warm salt water three or four times a day to reduce risk of reinfection. You shouldn’t bite or chew with the affected side of the mouth for at least a few days. Call us immediately if the pain becomes severe or lasts longer than it should.