American Association of Endodontists
Specialist in Saving Teeth
First, the endodontist will discuss your treatment options. If you and your endo-
dontist choose retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth to gain access
to the root canal ﬁlling material.
ln many cases, complex restotative materials-crown, post, and core material—must be disassembled and removed to permit access to the root canals.
After removing the canal ﬁlling, the endodontist can clean the canals and carefully examine the inside of your tooth, searching for any additional canals or unusual anatomy that requires treatment.
After cleaning the canal(s,) the endodontist will ﬁll and seal the canal(s) and place a temporary ﬁlling in the tooth.* Post space may also be prepared at
After the ﬁnal visit with your endodontist. you will
need to return to your dentist 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 endodontist may recommend endodontic
surgery. This surgery involves making an incision
near the end of the root to allow the tip of the root
to be sealed.