Root Canal Retreatment

Skilled Root Canal Retreatment in Indianapolis

If you're looking for a dentist that has extensive skills and experience with root canal retreatment, our practice is the place for you. At Absolute Endodontics, we're passionate about preserving your natural teeth and will try to avoid extraction whenever possible. Our team, led by Dr. Karen Kamer, looks forward to meeting you and helping you get the healthy smile and pain relief you deserve!

We've served as a trusted source of root canal retreatment to Indianapolis residents and individuals in its surrounding communities since 2011. Our team understands that your root canal retreatment is a high priority and will work to get you an appointment as soon as possible. Call us or visit our office in person to schedule your retreatment with our team!


What is Root Canal Retreatment?

Typically, root canal therapy succeeds in addressing tooth infection and preventing it from reoccurring. However, in rare cases, root canal therapy fails to work as intended. Root canal retreatment is nearly identical to root canal therapy, aside from a few differences. Our dentist recommends retreatment if you have healthy gums. Root canal retreatment can be broken down into three parts:

  1. Removing your tooth's crown and packing material
  2. Cleansing your tooth's root canals
  3. Placing a new crown and material

Our team will take the time to answer any questions you may have about root canal retreatment. Whether you'd like to know how to care for your tooth following retreatment or what our packing material is made of, we're here to give you the information you need.

Do I Need Root Canal Retreatment?

Although root canal retreatment may seem intimidating at first, the procedure is simple. Retreatment typically takes 1-3 appointments depending on the severity of your tooth's infection and the availability of materials. You may require root canal retreatment for numerous reasons, and the sooner you visit our dental office, the better. Some common reasons you may need retreatment include:

  • A delay in the placement of your restoration following root canal therapy
  • Your tooth's crown cracked and is leaking material
  • Your tooth's canal walls are curved or narrow and didn't get entirely treated the first time
  • There's a fracture on your tooth treated with root canal therapy
  • Excess saliva entered your tooth's pulp chamber from a crack in your restoration

The Root Canal Retreatment Process

Indianapolis root canal retreatmentWe'll begin by placing a local anesthetic around the affected tooth. Our dentist will then isolate the affected tooth with a rubber dam which helps protect it from bacteria and saliva during the treatment. We'll then remove your restoration to gain access to your tooth's inner structure. Our team will also remove any filling material and potential obstructions blocking your root canals.

Once your root canals are clean, we'll pack the space with a new filling material that helps seal your canals and prevent bacteria from entering your tooth. Finally, we'll place your temporary crown while ordering a permanent crown for placement during a separate appointment. Our dentist will also have you visit our office soon after retreatment to ensure that everything is working as intended and that there are no complications.

Root Canal Retreatment FAQs

It's normal to have countless questions about our Indianapolis root canal retreating process. Our team is here to answer your questions and help you feel informed and confident about your appointment. Some frequently asked questions about root canal retreatment include:

Is root canal retreatment painful?

Root canal retreatment is a straightforward procedure that uses a local anesthetic. As such, you can expect to feel minimal discomfort, like receiving a dental filling.

Our dentist will carefully monitor the condition of your tooth following retreatment for signs of complications. However, you must understand some of the symptoms of infection so that you know when to pursue treatment, which includes:

  • Severe tooth pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days
  • Your original tooth infection symptoms are returning like before
  • Visible swelling inside and outside your mouth and around your tooth

It depends on the severity of your tooth's infection and the condition of your restoration. Typically, retreatment takes around 30-90 minutes to complete but can vary based on how many appointments are necessary.

Your Place for Indianapolis Root Canal Retreatment

At Absolute Endodontics, we're passionate about leveraging our experience and time-tested processes to give you root canal retreatment that improves your overall oral health. When you walk through our doors, you can expect to be treated with the respect and compassion that you deserve. Call us today to schedule your next appointment and find out if our Indianapolis root canal retreatment is right for you!