Your Guide To Root Canals

Root canals often last the lifetime of their recipients, knowledge which often brings a sigh of relief to those anticipating receiving one. However, like any medical procedure, it’s possible for things to go wrong. Teeth healing improperly can lead to the root canal site becoming reinfected and causing significant pain again. While this can happen immediately after the treatment (something which your endodontist will catch before putting on the permanent restoration) it can also happen if the tooth is reinjured or decay is left unchecked.

What Can Cause My Root Canal To Not Recover Properly?
While it is rare that a root canal will not properly recover, there are a number of conditions that might lead to it healing improperly. These can include conditions that occurred during the first procedure, such as:

  • Curved or Narrow Canals: These canals can sometimes go undetected or prove difficult to get completely during a first visit. If they remain untreated, complications can arise.
  • Complicated Canal Anatomy: Everyone’s mouth is different, and sometimes a patient’s anatomy creates areas that go undetected during the initial treatment.
  • Delayed Restoration Placement: If the placement of the final restoration gets delayed, the temporary filling can fail resulting in reinfection or pain in the tooth.
  • Salivary Contamination: In the event that the restoration allows saliva to reach the inside of the tooth, complications can arise.

These conditions are all the result of conditions that were either pre-existing or occurred during the procedure.

Will I Need To Have Root Canal Retreatment?
Proper dental care is necessary even after your root canal to ensure that you won’t be needing additional oral treatments. However, even with perfect dental care conditions may arise that result in your needing to have the tooth treated with a root canal retreated. Some examples are:

  • Improper Dental Hygiene: Poor dental hygiene can lead to the root canal once again becoming infected with bacteria, causing pain, discomfort, and need for retreatment.
  • Damage To The Restoration: If the restoration should become damaged or loose, the tooth can become exposed and in danger of reinfection.
  • Tooth Trauma: If the tooth becomes damaged through any means, the fracture can allow reinfection.

During your retreatment, a full examination of the tooth will take place, along with the removal of the crown and the filling materials placed previously. The examination looks for any canals that may have been missed during the first visit, as well as attempts to identify any new infections. Once this is complete the interior of the tooth is shaped, cleaned, and refilled as in the previous treatment, restoring the health of your tooth.

If you have tooth pain leading you to believe you may need endodontic retreatment, contact Dr. Kaveh Zand at his offices in Washington, DC. You can call us at (202) 847-3288, or drop in at our location at 2021 K Street NW, Suite 522 in Washington, DC. Doctor Kaveh Zand has been a member in good standing of both the District of Columbia Dental Society and the American Association of Endodontic Specialists for years. If you’re looking for a trusted endodontic specialist with a proven track-record, call us today!