What is the Best Treatment if a Root Canal Fails?

Root canals are a common procedure and are required when the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. This infection is typically caused by either bacteria, or an injury to the tooth. Root canals are performed to help safe a tooth and prevent serious health problems from developing in the future. Root canals must always be addressed promptly to avoid complications. At Epic Dental Spa our first priority is always to save your tooth, and our Bloomingdale dentists will do everything to ensure your root canal procedure is successful.

How Long Do Root Canals Last?

Root canals have a success rate of 95%, and can last patients a lifetime. To help your root canal last placing the crown immediately following the root canal procedure is beneficial. Keeping the area surrounding your root canal clean is important. Practicing good oral hygiene habits can ensure your root canal lasts forever.

In some cases patients have issues with their root canal, and there is a chance that a root canal can fail. This is unlikely, but can be due to cracks in the root area, or an obstruction that could make it difficult to properly clean the root area of the tooth.  Symptoms indicating you may have an issue include sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, or pain while chewing. If you experience any of these symptoms we urge you to contact our dental office in Bloomingdale, IL immediately.

What Are the Treatment Options for Failed Root Canals?

Retreatments

The most common option for failed root canals is retreatment. This option has the highest success rate, and involves removing the original filling and disinfecting the canal. We then reseal the area to help prevent further infection and to stop bacteria from entering.

Apicoectomy

This procedure is done when there is a blockage around the tooth that prevents access to the root canal. If a crown was placed during the original procedure this option works well. During this process a small flap is created in the gum to access the root. We then remove the infected area, and place a new seal down to prevent further infection. 

Extractions

This is the last resort if retreatment is not effective, or we cannot restore the tooth in any other way. With this option implants may be used to fill the empty space where the tooth was extracted.

Our Bloomingdale dentist works closely with each patient to determine the severity of the root canal failure. We will look at all options, and choose the best option that works for each patient. At Epic Dental Spa our patients’ health is our priority and we always provide our patients with the highest level of care.

Looking for a Dentist in Bloomingdale?

If you are looking for a dentist or have previously had root canal therapy and have a concern, our team is here to help. Any symptoms should be addressed immediately, and our staff will do our best to have you seen as soon as possible. 

To find out more about root canals in Bloomingdale, IL, or to discuss your options if you suspect root canal failure, contact Epic Dental Spa to schedule your consultation, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you! 

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