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Root Canal retreatment
Sometimes, after an initial root canal treatment, the patient’s tooth can fail to heal properly or develop an infection. Problems can present themselves weeks, months or even years after an original root canal. It is always best to try to preserve the patient’s natural tooth, which is why we would opt to retreat the tooth rather than extracting. If retreatment is successful, the tooth may last the patient for a lifetime.
During the retreatment, the dentist will remove the crown and filling and carefully examine the area. Any new decay will be treated; if the original filling is cracked or broken it will be replaced. Upon completion and healing of any infection, a new crown will be placed over the tooth.