RCT Retreatment

How do I know if I need a root canal retreatment?

If you are experiencing a toothache, severe sensitivity to temperatures, or a sharp pain when biting into foods, you may have an internally-infected tooth. If the tooth experiencing pain is the same tooth that has undergone a previous root canal treatment, there is a chance that you need retreatment. Mild soreness, sensitivity, or swelling during the few weeks following the initial root canal treatment are normal and are not indicators of a treatment failure. However, if these conditions persist well beyond a few weeks following your root canal, or if you are experiencing intensified symptoms, root canal retreatment may be necessary.

What causes root canal treatment failure?

As with all restorative dentistry procedures, there is a chance of complications that may cause the treatment to fail. Some complications include:

What is the procedure for a root canal retreatment?

Our root canal specialist will use local anesthesia to completely numb the area surrounding the affected tooth. Removing the filling inside the root canal requires precision and diligence. Using a surgical operating microscope, our specialists can detect all debris and remaining infection and thoroughly clean the root canal. Examining the root tip for jawbone infection, Dr. Goziker will ensure that all damage is completely removed. To prevent failure of the restoration, NY Endodontic Associates uses a filling material called thermoplastic gutta-percha, which employs heat to allow the material to seep into every crevice of the root canal. After the canal is carefully sealed from infection, a restoration such as a porcelain crown will cover the exposed part of the tooth.

Call (516) 869-0111 to contact our endodontic specialty office conveniently located in downtown Roslyn. Drs. Goziker and Bruckner treat a variety of endodontic conditions with compassionate dental care. We proudly serve patients from Roslyn, Manhasset, Port Washington, Great Neck, Glen Cove, Albertson, Lake Success, New Hyde Park, Mineola, and the surrounding communities.