Re-Root Canal Treatment

What is Re-Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy, endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy) is concerned with the dental pulp as well as the tooth and its surrounding tissue. The complexity of the mouth, the teeth and the entire structure makes endodontics very complicated; it requires skill and expertise acquired through many years of study and training. Anything from root canal treatments (a type of treatment used to save decayed or badly damaged teeth) to injuries from trauma to the teeth falls within the specialized area of endodontics. An endontist uses various highly advanced tools, techniques and technologies to aid them in their professions and give them a good view inside mouth. Their skill also lies in providing quick treatment with as least discomfort as possible. Based Malta’s major commercial area, Camilleri clinic can save your tooth and keep you smiling. Contact us for an appointment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If nonsurgical retreatment is not an option or not all the infection has resolved, then endodontic surgery should be considered were an incision in the gum is made to allow access to the tip of the root. The infected part is removed and a filling is placed to close off the cavity. If these are not an option then the tooth will need to be removed.

Removal of inflamed tissue

Will it be painful?

Since the nerve had been previously removed, no anaesthetic will be required during the procedure.

What happens during a re-root canal treatment?

The procedure is very similar to the original root canal treatment. The root canal filling is removed and the tooth is cleaned and shaped very well till the very tip. The procedure may need more than one visit for the infection to resolve. When this happens, the root canal is filled permanently once again and the tooth is reviewed.

An x-ray of a root canal

What is an endodontic re-root treatment and why does it happen?

When a root canal treatment fails, the first course of action is to attempt to redo the root canal treatment. A tooth may not heal as expected after the initial root canal treatment because;

  • Narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedure or were not cleaned till the very tip.
  • A canal was not detected.
  • The placement of the crown or other permanent restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment leading to bacterial leakage. A loose, cracked or broken crown or filling can also lead to an infection
  • The tooth sustains a fracture.
  • Re-infection through the gums through a periodontal lesion
  • New decay can expose the root canal filling material to bacteria, causing a new infection inside the tooth.