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Root Canals

Failed root canal

09/05/2008

Question:

Question:I had a bone graft done on teeth 2 & 3 last week/one of my doctors thinks that I am losing bone because of a failed root canal that I had done in 2003 in tooth 2. He says that the canals were done so wide that he will not be able to "re-do" the root canal in the "normal manner"/that he would probably need to go in & cut off the roots. What is this called/do you have other suggestions?

Answer:

If you are concerned about a tooth with a previous root canal treatment, I would recommend a consultation by an endodontist. Endodontists are dentists with additional education in diagnosis and root canal treatment. Because they limit their practices to endodontics, they treat these types of problems every day. They use their special training and experience in treating difficult cases.

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Response by:

Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Endodontics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University