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Failed Root Canal


A root canal is a procedure that removes infection from the root of a tooth. If the infection is extensive (or the procedure was performed poorly), reinfection can occur - this is known as a failed root canal. Greater Endodontics has failed root canal specialists on staff to assist you if you are dealing with a failed root canal.

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How Does A Failed Root Canal Occur?

Root canal failure occurs when the treated tooth becomes reinfected and requires new treatment. There are various causes of root canal failure, ranging from malpractice to patient neglect. Some of the most common include:


If the treatment was successful but reinfection occurs due to unrelated causes, a second root canal treatment may be necessary. Possible causes of reinfection (unrelated to treatment success) include traumatic oral injury that cracks the treated tooth or poor dental habits of the patient.

Treatments that delay filling or crown placement leave the treated tooth at risk. Dentists often schedule multiple appointments for a complete root canal treatment, waiting at least two days and up to 7 to place the crown and apply any sealants. The longer the dentist waits, the more vulnerable the tooth is to reinfection.

Typical root canal irrigation tools sometimes do not reach the deepest sections of the root system. If the dentist is not thorough in the irrigation of the canal, bacteria and infected tissue may be left behind. After the treatment, this infection will continue to grow, eventually reinfecting the entire tooth.

Older patients, or those that have experienced significant dental trauma, often present extensive calcification of their teeth. Calcification refers to a build-up of hard, calcified tissue where dental pulp used to be. Significant calcification makes it difficult for dentists to perform a successful root canal treatment. With additional imaging and proper instruments, experienced endodontists can locate canal entrances even in the most calcified teeth.

Teeth treated by GDPs are more likely to fail than teeth treated by endodontists. While general dentists provide excellent cleaning services, endodontists root canal specialists. Endodontists have far more experience and education than GDPs and should be consulted for root canals or more extensive dental procedures.

Patients sometimes have a more complex root canal system than usual. Curved, narrow, or extensive canals are more difficult to clean, and infection may be missed. Those that present complex canal systems require additional imaging before their procedure.

Even if the treatment was performed successfully, neglect on the patient's end can lead to reinfection. There are specific root canal aftercare instructions that patients must follow after their treatment for successful healing. Poor dental hygiene promotes infection - patients must care for their teeth.

A root canal is a complex procedure and reinfection is possible if the right steps are not taken before, during and after treatment. If reinfection is untreated, patients may lose the tooth.


Symptoms Of A Failed Root Canal

The most common sign of a failed root canal is pain or infection in a tooth that was recently treated with a root canal procedure. Reinfection can occur quickly, within a few weeks or months of the procedure. Sometimes the symptoms will be similar to the symptoms of the original reinfection, or they may present differently.

Common signs include:

  • Pain - Tenderness is often one of the first signs of infection. While pain is common the first few days after your treatment, pain that lingers or increases after the procedure is a bad sign. Your tooth may heal initially and months later become painfully reinfected.
  • Swelling - Mild swelling at the site of the procedure is common. New or persistent swelling, however, may indicate reinfection. Pain along with swelling of the face and neck is a sign of serious infection and should be treated immediately.
  • Discharge - Bloody, foul-smelling pus or discharge is a sign of infection and should not occur after treatment.
  • Sensitivity - Persistent sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure is an early sign of infection. This is often first noticed as tenderness in the treated tooth when chewing or biting down.
  • Boil On Gum - A small boil or pimple-like bump on the gum near your treated tooth is a sign of deep infection. The tooth may also be tender and may present discharge or a foul smell.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s important to call your endodontist in Murray. Greater Endodontics offers root canal retreatment procedures for those suffering from a failed root canal.

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Fifteen months ago I had a root canal at a different endodontist in Salt Lake. Ever since that time, my teeth had been in pain. For the past twelve months I have visited with the team at Greater Endodontics four seperate times, specifically with Dr. Matt LeCheminant. Even though the problem was not readily apparent and...
— Amy Curtis, Posted March 12th 2022 on google
This place was awesome. Very helpful and comfortable. Best part about was the doc is a 49ers fan. Watched Netflix the entire time. The only thing that was missing is a shot and a Beer.
— Brandy Bone, Posted January 28th 2022 on google
I had a very easy going time during my procedure. I really enjoyed the TV mounted to ceiling! It made the visit go much faster and I wasn’t concerned with what they were doing. Great place!
— Chase Cheney, Posted January 3rd 2022 on google
I was referred to Dr. Facer after sustaining a fractured tooth in a biking accident. The staff was friendly, supportive, and great at communicating everything that was going on. Dr. Facer completed a phenomenal root canal on my tooth, all while dealing with the complicated factor of me having a broken jaw/limited openi...
— McKenzie Roers, Posted December 13th 2021 on google
Dr. Brockbank and his assistant could not have been more caring during my emergency root canal, making certain that I felt no pain during the procedure. I was highly impressed with Dr. Brockbank’s professionalism and skills as a dental surgeon. I very much appreciate their office working with my dentist to find an ap...
— Cary Duncan, Posted October 1st 2021 on google
I'm so glad I went here. I can't say I enjoyed it or that it was comfortable but I had a tooth with really deep roots and I kept burning through the anesthesia. I think I counted 8 shots before I was done. However, I believe anyone else would have made this uncomfortable experience incredibly painful. Fortunately, ...
— Kristi Smith, Posted September 9th 2021 on google
I got in on short notice for a root canal. So grateful that they worked through lunch to help me out! Very friendly staff!
— Jim Lampe, Posted September 8th 2021 on google
Dr Lecheminant and his assistant Kim are extremely knowledable, thorough and empathetic. I had a root canal done and needed followup, and they always take excellent care of me, and are very conscious of my extreme sesitivity as well -Great provider!!!
— Mary Grajales, Posted August 20th 2021 on google
I had a great experience during my double root canal! Dr. Facer and Vicki were incredibly kind, thorough, and professional. I highly recommend them 😊
— Keanne Murray, Posted August 17th 2021 on google
This was my first time having a root canal and I was dozing off during my appointment because I was so comfortable. I will recommend this office to everyone I know! Their staff was so friendly and helpful explaining the entire process. The Dr. and assistant eased my mind and asked me if I was doing okay through the ent...
— Ali Jo Lay, Posted July 22nd 2021 on google
The staff was Friendly and Professional. They got me right in and were very helpful and answered all my questions. They made sure I know what they were doing and when they found an issue they discussed my options and suggested different options and helped me come to the treatment right for me. They let me know up front...
— Log into Facebook | Facebook, Posted July 10th 2021 on facebook
I've had a lot of root canals and dental work - like a LOT. My regular dentist was in the middle of crowning a tooth when it was determined that I needed an urgent root canal. Greater Endodontics had me in and the root canal completed less than 24 hours later and were SO gentle and SO clean. The office is very comforta...
— Tiffany Barrett, Posted July 9th 2021 on google
The office staff was friendly and helpful upon my first call through my appointment and checkout. Dr Facer was very experienced, kind, compassionate and honest about a treatment plan and gave me multiple options. I highly recommend Greater Endodontics.
— Jennie Johnson, Posted July 2nd 2021 on google
I had an intensive root canal re-treatment today... something that was possibly going to require a more extensive surgical procedure. Dr. LeCheminant was excellent!! He listened to my concerns and anxieties, answered questions, made adjustments and accommodations to keep me calm and did excellent work! This probably s...
— Log into Facebook | Facebook, Posted June 24th 2021 on facebook
Needed an emergency root canal and they were able to accommodate me. Excellent, friendly staff and the Dr. Brockbank made sure I had absolutely no pain while he performed a very deep root canal. Thank you so much!!!
— Jodie Post, Posted June 4th 2021 on google
Dr. Matt L. is awesome!!! He is my "go to"!! He is the best!!! I highly suggest Dr. Lecheminant to anyone that needs the pain to be eliminated in a professional and with ultimate expertise. Thank you!
— Mary Holbrook-Henriksen, Posted May 26th 2021 on google
A great experience in every way. I particularly appreciated the way that the procedures were explained to me in advance as well as during treatment. The front desk staff were professional and had everything ready to go when I arrived. The endodontist and technician were excellent and gave me every confidence in their w...
— Russell Pack, Posted May 25th 2021 on google
Only pain was the numbing shots. Procedure was done quickly and efficiently. Recovery has caused no pain. 10/10
— Hannah Elder, Posted May 25th 2021 on google
Honestly, the worst part was the mental anxiety I put on myself before I went in. I feel like an idiot after going through the process and finding out how easy, fast and painless it was. I highly recommend.
— Aaron Wernli, Posted May 20th 2021 on google
I had an issue with an unfinished root canal and ended up being referred to Greater Endo. I was very nervous, but Dr LeCheminant was so kind and helpful. I was very impressed with their state of the art technology, the friendliness of the employees, and how quick and easy the whole process was. I couldn’t be happier ...
— Alison Spencer, Posted April 9th 2021 on google

Failed Root Canal Retreatment


There are several options available following a failed root canal, depending on the progression of infection.

  • Root Canal Retreatment - Understandably, you may be reluctant to receive another root canal treatment if your first one failed. Newer endodontic technologies, like GentleWave, promise root canal success. The most important thing is that you schedule your root canal retreatment with an experienced endodontic specialist.
  • Apicoectomy - If retreatment is impossible because of tooth anatomy, post-procedure restoration, or a dental crown, then an apicoectomy is performed. In this procedure, the root canal system is completely removed from the tooth and then the surrounding gum area is sealed.
  • Extraction - In the most extreme cases, when the tooth cannot be saved, an extraction is necessary.

The best way to fix a failed root canal is with professional retreatment. At Greater Endodontics, we specialize in procedures dealing with the root or pulp of the tooth and will work to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Using an innovative, drill-free root canal alternative, we achieve successful root canal retreatment.

GentleWave - An Alternative Treatment

Traditional root canal procedures often fail because of outdated technology. The GentleWave procedure offered at our office is more effective and less painful than traditional treatment. This procedure uses advanced fluid dynamics that clean deeper than dental files can. As a less invasive alternative, GentleWave is a preferred procedure for many endodontic patients. This option effectively removes bacteria throughout the tooth while reducing discomfort, pain and risk of reinfection.

Who is Responsible?

While malpractice is rare, it occurs. If you believe that your previous dentist failed to provide you with safe, effective treatment, they may be responsible for your failed root canal. Most often, there are a variety of factors that can influence the failure of a root canal, and it is not the dentist’s fault. With that said, it’s always best to schedule a root canal procedure with an endodontist, not a GDP.


Schedule a Root Canal Retreatment Procedure Today

If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a root canal reinfection, you must attend to it as quickly as possible. Don’t let the infection go unchecked, as it can spiral out of control fast. The more infected your tooth is, the more painful it will be! Ready for a deep clean and comfortable dental experience? Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our root canal retreatment options.

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