For some patients considering retreatment, endodontic surgery is also an option. This surgery involves making an incision near the end of the root to allow the tip of the root to be sealed. Endodontic surgery may be recommended in conjunction with retreatment or as an alternative. Your endodontist will discuss these options and recommend appropriate treatment.
Sometimes, the only other alternative is extraction of the tooth. The extracted tooth must then be replaced with an implant, bridge, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These options can be far more costly and time consuming than retreatment and restoration of the natural tooth because extensive surgery or dental surgery on adjacent teeth could be required.
No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are – and they can be very effective – nothing is as good as your natural tooth. You’ve already made an investment in saving your tooth. The payoff for choosing retreatment could be a healthy, functioning natural tooth for many years to come.