Endodontic Retreatment in Arvada CO

Endodontic retreatment is performed when an earlier root canal or other endodontic treatment has failed. A root canal can be successful and last for years, only to fail at some point due to a new cavity, contamination by saliva, or loss of the protective crown. When this happens, endodontic retreatment can often save the tooth.

Steps to Endodontic Retreatment

  • Inflamed tissue in the tooth’s root is confirmed.
  • The crown or filling is removed to expose the tooth’s interior, and any material is removed.
  • The canal is cleaned and treated with disinfectant.
  • New root material, usually gutta percha, is placed in the canals.
  • A filling or crown is placed to cover and protect the tooth.
  • Your tooth looks and performs like a natural, healthy tooth.
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Inflamed Tissue
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Canals Cleaned
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Root Material Placed
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Filling Restored
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Healed Tooth

Advantages of Endodontic Retreatment

A root canal may fail weeks or years later, allowing bacteria to infect the pulp. The channels may not have been cleaned thoroughly, or a damaged crown could cause contamination. This does not mean you have to lose the tooth. Endodontic retreatment can often fix the problem and restore the tooth to healthy functioning. Most patients who undergo endodontic retreatment do not have additional issues and can keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Our doctors always prefer to save your teeth whenever possible. When a tooth is lost or extracted, it has a damaging domino effect on your remaining teeth, gums, and jawbone. When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth usually shift out of alignment, causing bite issues and other complications. Without the tooth’s root, the jawbone deteriorates, often losing 25% of its mass within a year, leading to additional tooth loss and a sunken facial appearance.

Why Do Root Canals Fail?

Improper healing or failure of a root canal is often caused by one or more of the following:

  • Narrow or curved canals that could not be treated during initial treatment
  • Hidden canals not seen in x-rays used to guide the root canal
  • Ineffective or delayed placement of the permanent restoration
  • Saliva has seeped into the canal beneath the restoration, contaminating the tooth
  • New decay due to a cavity
  • Exposure of the tooth’s interior due to a crack in the tooth

If you are experiencing pain, sensitivity, or swelling around your root canal, we can save the tooth through endodontic retreatment. Contact our office as soon as possible for an appointment so we can save your tooth and protect it from further damage. Our phone number is Clear Creek Endodontics Phone Number 303-432-3636.

Patient Reviews for Endodontic Retreatment

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Clear Creek Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 9 Endodontic Retreatment reviews.

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I visited Clear Creek Endodontics seeking a second opinion on a tooth that I had been told needed to be extracted by another Endodontist. After conducting a much more thorough evaluation of the tooth and my overall symptoms, Dr. Ryan Stratton recommended an alternative course of treatment. Today I am pain free and my tooth did not need extraction after all! Dr. Ryan is a brilliant doctor, doesn’t rush to diagnosis or push unnecessary treatments, he takes the time to listen, and can think outside the box when it comes to a solution to your tooth pain. If you want a honest, smart doctor that takes his time and doesn’t rush to a diagnosis then you need to see Dr. Ryan Stratton and his expert team at Clear Creek Endodontics. I can’t thank him enough!

- John I

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Dr. Stratton and the whole team at Clear Creek Endodontics are wonderful, caring people. Dr. Stratton gave me very clear information on the options I had for my treatment, including doing nothing for a while, and there was no pressure to make a decision one way or the other. I decided to do the procedure (a root removal, but leaving the tooth intact) and hope that the tooth will last a very long time.

- Kelly C

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It is impossible to call a trip to an endodontist enjoyable based simply on the fact that it is an endodontist’s office, however, if you have to go to one, Clear Creek is as nice as they come. Everyone that works here is friendly and courteous. You never get stuck waiting, you are in and out as quickly and efficiently. It is a comforting, clean environment. Dr. Newcomb is excellent at what he does and ensures patient comfort and ease first and foremost. After having both a root canal and an endodontic treatment, I am confident to refer Clear Creek to others.

- Melissa B

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Dr Stratton was extremely patient with me and answered ALL my questions, even the ones that were not for the retreat. It is a great atmosphere for having to have this type of work done. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Staff very caring and understanding, knowledgeable about the procedure. Dr Stratton and I agreed to a plan for other teeth issues and found the best resolution that I was comfortable with. He does not just perform a treatment based upon one factor (bad tooth) - he looks at the whole picture and explains in great detail (if wanted, which I did) what the outcome would be based upon the action taken.

- Virginia S

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I had a root canal 2 1/2 years ago and I have pain off and on since then. Now I have no pain. The Dr knew exactly what the problem was, explained it thoroughly and then fixed it. I would definitely recommend Clear Creek to anyone that needs a solution to tooth pain.

- Greg E

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- Paula Winegarner J

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Dr. Stratton was excellent, he was calm and professional and took the time to explain his findings, the procedure and the prognosis. He made sure to answer all of my questions and he made me feel important as a patient. The procedure itself was painless and went by relatively quickly. If you have to have a root canal or re-treatment I would highly recommend Dr. Stratton.

- Mimi S

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If I could give them more stars I would. What a good experance for something bad there is no reason to be in pain! Don't put it off do it now. Keep up the good work! Alice S

- Alice Summers

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Dr. Stratton and his staff were great to work with during my endodontic retreatment. I had to redo the original root canal from 25 years ago, and the current procedure has improved since that time. The procedure was painless, with only a little discomfort while getting shot with anesthetic. I was referred to Clear Creek Endodontics by my dentist and I recommend them for any root canal work.

- Adam T

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