Endodontic Retreatment

With the appropriate care, your teeth that have had endodontic treatment will last as long as other natural teeth. Yet, a tooth that has received treatment may fail to heal or pain may continue to exist. Sometimes, the pain may occur months or years after treatment. If so, Endodontic Retreatment may be needed.

Improper healing may be caused by:

  • Curved or narrow canals that were not treated during the initial treatment.
  • Complicated canals that went undetected during the initial treatment.
  • The crown or restoration was not placed within the appropriate amount of time following the procedure.
  • The crown or restoration that did not prevent saliva from contaminating the inside of the tooth.
An example of a tooth with inflamed tissue
Inflamed Tissue
A visual of removing fillings from a tooth
Filling Removed
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Canals Cleaned
An illustration of new root filling material placed into a tooth's canals
Root Material Placed
An example of a tooth's filling restored by new root canal filling
Filling Restored
A representation of a fully healed tooth by new root canal filling placed
Healed Tooth

In some cases, new problems can influence a tooth that was successfully treated:

  • New decay can expose a root canal filling material, causing infection.
  • A cracked or loose filling or crown can expose the tooth to new infection.

Once retreatment has been selected as a solution to your problem, the doctors will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. This restorative material will be removed to enable access to the root canal. The doctors will now clean your canals and carefully examine the inside of the problematic tooth. Once cleaned, the doctors will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth.

At this point, you will need to return to your dentist as soon as possible in order to have a new crown or restoration placed on the tooth to restore full functionality.

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Great Experience! Thanks!

- Jeremy A

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Highly recommend Dr. Kalp!!!

- Randy I

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Dr.Gorham, Zoe and staff are fabulous!!!

- Amy P

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I was very anxious about my re-treatment because my earlier procedure, which was handled elsewhere, went so poorly. Dr. Parker was understanding and did everything he could to make it a better experience -- well, as much as a root canal can be! I would recommend him without reservation.

- Julie W

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The office staff was friendly and helpful with insurance questions/issues. Dr. Hand was very professional and explained everything he did during my procedure. I also needed to call the office on a holiday weekend due to pain and they called back and answered my questions/concerns. I would definitely recommend this office.

- Milica P

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After having dental pain for almost a year, this team has made me feel renewed. I am so grateful. Thank you.

- Sarah M

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Great overall experience for someone who has dental anxiety.

- Mary Kay M

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The crew made the experience as pleasant as possible. All the 5 star ratings are well deserved. Glad the bathroom was close by. Have a great day.

- Douglas B

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The receptionist,Sara, was very friendly and courteous. Dr. Dongell was awesome! Sweet, calming....I was very relaxed and most of all it was painless! Her assistant, Jen was great too!

- Patricia P

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I liked the doctor’s job, pretty professionally

- Ivonne C

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Overall a great experience. Would definitely come back if needed.

- Rachael B

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No problems.

- Patricia R

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Overall great experience

- Susan W

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She was kind, professional and did an over all great job. Explained everything during procedure to make you feel at ease.

- Joanne V

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Fantastic staff! The receptionist was helpful, efficient and kind. Both assistants were delicate, informative, and just wonderful. The doctor was fast, efficient and painless which says a lot for the procedure I had done!

- Brittany T

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I can't say enough about the professionalism from the appointment process to the dental nurses and Dr. Watkins. As much as I would say the process was flawless, I'm hoping I won't be back anytime soon.

- Paul A

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I felt very comfortable in the office setting. Staff and doctor did an amazing job of explaining what would happen during the procedure. The written information also helped me a great deal in my recovery process. Would return to the pracrtice and would highly recommend the ofgice/practice.

- kelly D

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Everything was as good as all the other good reviews predicted.

- Tim K

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very professional

- michael l

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Wonderful & fast service. Everyone explained everything perfectly and all procedures went smoothly.

- Chad P

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