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Elegant Smiles of Sea Girt, LLC | Retreatment in Sea Girt



  Elegant Smiles of Sea Girt

W. Scott Steiner, D.M.D.

  Phone: 732-974-9494



With proper care, most teeth that have had endodontic (root canal) treatment can last as long as other natural teeth. Root canals have a 95% success rate. In some cases, however, a tooth that has received endodontic treatment fails to heal or becomes reinfected. Occasionally, the tooth becomes painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. 

  • At the initial visit the doctor will examine the tooth, take x-rays and discuss your treatment options. If you and your doctor choose retreatment, the retreatment will be scheduled at that time for a future date.
  • At the retreatment appointment the doctor will administer local anesthetic to numb the tooth. After the tooth is numb, the doctor will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. In many cases, complex restorative materials (crown, post and core material) must be disassembled and removed to permit access to the root canals.
  • After removing the canal filling, the doctor can clean the canals and carefully examine the inside of your tooth.
  • After cleaning the canals, the doctor will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth. Post space may also be prepared at this time.
  • After your dentist completes retreatment, you will need to return as soon as possible to have a new crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
  • If the canals are unusually narrow or blocked, your doctor may recommend endodontic surgery.
Sea Girt Dentist | Retreatment. William Steiner is a Sea Girt Dentist.