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Root Canal Retreatment

Sometimes a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment fails to heal or continues to cause discomfort. On rare occasion, a tooth that had initially responded well to root canal therapy can become painful or diseased months or years later, usually due to bacterial contamination inside, causing root-end inflammation.  In such situations, the tooth often can be maintained with a second endodontic treatment, or retreatment.  This requires "undoing" the initial procedure, which may include removal of a crown, buildup, post, root filling material; and recleansing and enlarging of the entire root canal system.  Then the canal spaces are repacked, and a new buildup and crown may be necessary. Occasionally a root canal can be retreated through an existing crown, where that restoration can be repaired and preserved. Retreatment cases are frequently more technically demanding than first-time-in root canal therapy, and often carry a less favorable prognosis.  There are instances in which extraction, rather than retreatment, may be the treatment of choice.


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3290 Sepulveda Blvd. • Torrance, CA 90505

Phone: |(310) 325-3100 • Fax: |(310) 325-3112

Ellis Endodontics is located in Torrance, California serving nearby South Bay cities such as Root Canal - San Pedro CA, Root Canal - Palos Verdes CA, Root Canal - Lomita CA, Root Canal - Redondo Beach CA, Root Canal - Hermosa Beach CA, Root Canal - Torrance CA, and Root Canal - Gardena CA. Our endodontists specialize in root canal treatment, root canal retreatment, and root canal surgery. We service the following zip codes: 90501, 90503, 90504, 90505, 90254, 90266, 90274, 90275, 90277, and 90278. Let us be your South Bay endodontic office!