Endodontic Retreatment | Root Canal recovery 

What is Endodontic retreatment?

Teeth that have had root canal treatment can last just as long as other natural teeth. However, occasionally, a treated tooth continues to cause pain or has a difficult time healing completely following treatment. Sometimes, the pain doesn’t occur until months or years after. In this case, you may need to have a procedure called “endodontic retreatment.”

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, call our office in Olympia, WA at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636 or request an appointment online.

Why you May Need Root Canal Retreatment

  • Undetected Canals – root systems can be very complex, and we can’t always see every canal during the first treatment.
  • A new problem with your tooth may have come up, such as a fracture or new decay.
  • Issues with the Crown – The crown must be placed within a certain time frame, and must keep saliva and bacteria from re-infecting the roots.
  • Oddly shaped canals may not have been thoroughly accessed the first time for cleaning.

Endodontic Retreatment: What to Expect

To perform endodontic retreatment, we will first numb the tooth with anesthesia. We will then reopen the tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. This restorative material will be removed to enable access to the root canal itself. We will then clean the canals again and carefully examine the inside of the problematic tooth. Once cleaned, the canals will be filled and sealed and a temporary filling will be placed in the tooth.

After retreatment, you will need to return to your dentist as soon as possible in order to have a new crown or restoration placed on the tooth to restore full functionality once again.

Most patients are relieved to find that after endodontic retreatment, the pain that they were experiencing is gone, as infection has been removed from their tooth.

If you are experiencing pain in a tooth that once had root canal treatment, we urge you to give us a call – we can help you find the source of your pain. Call our office at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636.


Northwest Endodontic Specialists

5 out of 5 stars based on 16 Endodontic Treatment reviews.

Patient Review By Ruth R

Great job numbing! No pain and all staff were very professional.

- Ruth R

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Patient Review By Cyndy p

Hannah put me at ease with her humor. It was almost a FUN experience. I felt safe and comfortable.

- Cyndy p

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Patient Review By christine c

Staff were nice and friendly.

- christine c

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Patient Review By Michael B

After discovery of an infected root canal, was told by my dentist that i would need to have the tooth removed and then an implant would be needed. I decided to get a second opinion for treatment and Dr. Behnen was able to clean out the infection and safe the tooth and thousands of dollars in additional costs. Outstanding treatment and great care by the staff. Thank you!

- Michael B

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Patient Review By Bruce C

Monica and Dr. Behnen were wonderful in my surgery and explained everything as the procedure took place. Highly recommend them to anyone.

- Bruce C

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Patient Review By Marilyn G

Friendly staff. Answered all of my questions and addressed all of my concerns. Very satisfied with my service.

- Marilyn G

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Patient Review By Bryan T

While nobody likes the dentist, I have never felt so comfortable and welcomed. The staff is amazing.

- Bryan T

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Patient Review By George P

None. Everything was great!

- George P

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Patient Review By clarice c

Excellent service prompt treatment outstanding dentistry, caring, concerned staff members put patient needs first, take time out to address the patients needs. They provide fast and efficient service in a timely manner.

- clarice c

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Patient Review By Rhonda R

Dr. David Goerig and Hannah made me feel at ease. I was very nervous prior to coming in to this appointment and they made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend this office for any endodontic treatment. I wanted to thank the front staff for getting me in so quickly and giving me relief and my life back!! I am very please with the way the whole staff took care of me.

- Rhonda R

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Patient Review By lisa C

Piece of cake, for easy appt.

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Patient Review By ron workman w

very good services information was given so I was comformables

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Patient Review By stephen c

very thorough and professional.

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Patient Review By Nic C

Hardly no pain at all. Had a very good experience today in this office.

- Nic C

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Patient Review By Robert K

Dr. Albert Goerig was very nice and talked me through my treatment to make me feel comfortable. All of the staff was very friendly.

- Robert K

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Patient Review By Mary E

I couldn't of asked for a better experience. Prior to coming in to this appointment i was very apprehensive and fearful. Walking in i felt welcome and Very caring staff, and I felt comfortable right away. Any questions I had were answered before I could even voice them. They know their business, THEY GOT IT! Meredith was very kind and helpful to helping me set up this appointment and Monica my dental assistant was very accommodating. Any one that has any dental fear, hasn't experienced this practice. VERY PLEASED.

- Mary E

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