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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.

What causes an endodontically treated tooth to need additional treatment?
New trauma, deep decay, or a loose, cracked or broken filling can cause new infection
in your tooth. In some cases, the endodontist may discover additional very narrow or
curved canals that could not be treated during the initial procedure.

After Retreatment
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 filling or buildup restoration 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.

How much will retreatment cost?
The cost of retreatment varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. It will probably
cost more than the initial procedure, because it is more complex then the initial treatment frequently requiring more time searching for problems that may have caused the initial
treatment to fail.. Also, your restoration may have to be removed before the second
treatment can begin and replaced after retreatment potentially at an additional cost.

Retreament Alternatives?
The only alternatives to retreatment are having the tooth extracted or having it treated
surgically, if the root cannot be accessed through the crown. If the tooth is extracted, it
must be replaced with a bridge, implant or removable partial denture. This will restore
chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Generally, nonsurgical
retreatment and restoration of your natural tooth is the least expensive option. Your dentist
will be happy to discuss the various treatment options and their costs with you.
Sean P. Hart D.D.S ,M.S.D., P.C.
1533 Kossuth St. Lafayette Indiana 47905
p: 765-742-8792