Even when pain and/or swelling is present, the majority of failing endodontically-treated teeth can be successfully retreated in today’s world of clinical possibility. By using scientific information gathered from research and clinical studies, clinicians have developed better endodontic concepts, materials, and techniques. Additionally, there are now better-trained general dentists and specialists alike. All of these factors translate into improved care for patients. The significant technological breakthroughs that benefit both doctors and patients in endodontic retreatment include:
- Magnification glasses, fibre optic lighting sources, headlamps, have significantly improved vision and hence elevated treatment success.
- Ultrasonic devices allow doctors to more efficiently and completely remove old root canal filling materials and other intra-canal obstructions so that teeth may be successfully retreated.
- Computer digital radiography technology allows the doctor to better diagnose, visualize, and treat root canal disease. Additionally, this technology significantly reduces radiation exposure to the patient.
- Improved instruments, better materials for filling and repairing canals, and innovative new technologies have all contributed to significantly improved retreatment success.
Today, well-trained general dentists and specialists alike can oftentimes perform non-surgical endodontic retreatment in a very predictable, cost-effective, and time saving manner when compared to other treatment alternatives. At times, however, retreatment cannot be managed with non-surgical efforts alone. In these situations, and as an alternative to extraction, a surgical approach may be necessary.