17 December 2020


Have you got your root canal treatment done? That’s great! You would have been relieved of the pain and might be back to your regular life, enjoying all sorts of food and drinks without any trouble. But wait! It’s not the time to be carefree. Though you’ve got your teeth treated for the root canal treatment, you ought to take good care of your teeth post the root canal treatment too. Wondering why?

Sometimes it happens that even after the root canal treatment is done, you may develop the infection again. Your teeth may become loose, start creating gaps in between and lead to pain and sore tooth all over again.

Why does the tooth infection re-appear post the root canal treatment?

  • It could result because of the root canal treatment not done appropriately, leading to the accumulation of the decay in the treated area.
  • The canals would have been quite narrow or complicated and couldn’t be treated well.
  • There was a delay in the placement of the crown due to which new infection erupted at the affected area.
  • Inadequate filling of the affected tooth leads to the accumulation of bacteria.
  • A loose or broken tooth or filling exposes the root canal filling to the bacteria leading to further damages.
  • Being careless with the teeth after the treatment.

If the pain is due to inadequate filling or improper treatment, you can visit Elite Dental Care, where we ensure the best of service and care to get your teeth protected for a lifetime.

So, now that you are experiencing the pain and tooth decay all over again, what could be done? You must now go for a root canal retreatment.

How is the Root Canal Retreatment done?

Root canal retreatment is a procedure where the treated tooth is re-opened to access the filling. Endodontists who are the specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of root canals perform the retreatment procedure. The affected area is numbed, and a hole is made in the surface of the affected tooth and the crown, post and core material are removed to access the root canals. The previously done root canal fillings are removed, the surface is cleaned well and then examined. With sufficient magnification and illumination, the affected area is examined to check for additional canals or unusual canals demanding treatment.

The canals are cleaned and shaped, followed by the filling of new material. The dentist then places a crown over the tooth to restore the function of the tooth.

What are the Alternatives for Retreatment? 

Sometimes the retreatment may not be sufficient, and hence endodontic surgery must be performed in which an incision is made to access the tip or the root, remove the infection, and the bone is allowed to heal followed by the filling.

Occasionally when both the retreatment and endodontic surgeries are not possible, extraction of the tooth would be the final resort.

But a better option would be to get the natural tooth treated as it would stay for a lifetime. Technology is developing every day, and hence there are better methods to retreat the tooth rather than extracting it. When a tooth is extracted and replaced with an implant, bridge or partial denture to restores chewing function, the neighboring teeth may shift, and treatment of adjacent teeth would incur intense procedures and cost as well. Hence it’s vital to retain the natural tooth.

How is the recovery post the retreatment?

Recovery post the retreatment may be a little painful and would take a few days because the affected tooth has already been treated twice. Avoid chewing food on the affected side and follow the medications prescribed regularly. You can rinse your mouth with warm water to feel better and keep the teeth clean. If the pain worsens, or if it bleeds, or inappropriate symptoms are detected, you must visit the dentist as soon as possible.

It’s always wise to be protective of one’s dental health because once if the tooth decays, it is difficult to be restored. But with advancements in technology, treatment for all types of tooth defects are widely possible. You can visit the Elite Dental Care for the best dental health services.