Endodontic Re-Treatment Specialist

Endodontists located in Glen Burnie, Baltimore and Timonium, MD

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Endodontic Re-Treatment services offered in Glen Burnie, Baltimore and Timonium, MD

Though most endodontic procedures are successful, there are cases where endodontic retreatment is needed to address lingering problems within the tooth. These procedures are an area of specialty for Juheon Seung DDS, MS, of Sterling Endodontics in Glen Burnie, Baltimore and Timonium, MD. If you’re experiencing problems with a previously treated tooth, call the office to set up a visit, or schedule online in just moments.

Endodontic Re-Treatment Q & A

What is endodontic retreatment?

Endodontic retreatment is done to correct issues that arise after a root canal procedure. Though most root canals effectively remove all traces of infection and preserve the structural integrity of the treated tooth, there are cases in which retreatment is necessary to eliminate pain and save the tooth from extraction.

It can be frustrating to learn that your root canal needs to be re-treated, especially if you are experiencing pain in the affected tooth. But retreatment can eliminate the need for an extraction and tooth replacement treatment like dental implants, bridges, or dentures. 

Under what circumstances might endodontic retreatment be necessary?

There are numerous reasons why a root canal procedure might fail. Some examples include:

  • Complicated canal anatomy was not detected during your initial treatment
  • Curved or narrow canals could not be fully accessed during your root canal
  • Your root canal did not fully prevent saliva from entering the treated chamber
  • There was a pause between completing the endodontic treatment and placing the crown
  • New decay causes a different infection in the same tooth
  • The treated tooth becomes fractured
  • A loose or broken crown allows a new infection to develop

When an infection develops in a tooth previously treated with a root canal, retreatment is often the only option outside of an extraction. 

How can CBCT imaging assist with endodontic retreatment?

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) technology creates incredibly detailed imaging of the interior areas of a tooth. This detailed view gives Dr. Seung insight into the extent of the infection and how the previous treatment failed. 

He can then create a retreatment plan customized to fit your exact set of needs. Modern endodontic techniques like endodontic microsurgery enable repairs that were simply unimaginable just a few decades ago, when extraction was the primary approach for infected teeth and complex endodontic cases. 

Sterling Endodontics has extensive experience with endodontic retreatment and can accurately predict success. During your visit, you’ll learn whether your case is a good fit for endodontic retreatment, what to expect, and how to prepare for the process. 

If you’d like to learn more about your options, schedule an endodontic consultation today using the easy online booking tool. You are also welcome to call or stop by the office to check appointment availability.


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