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.
Once retreatment has been selected as a solution to your problem, the dentist 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 dentist will now clean your canals and carefully examine the inside of the problematic tooth. Once cleaned, the dentist 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.