Periapical Surgery & Root Canal Retreatment 

When prior endodontic treatment does not heal properly, then retreatment or periapical surgery may be required to resolve the problem. As an dental specialist, Dr. F. Norman Ford is highly qualified to perform these procedures. 

root canal failure retreatment

Most endodontic procedures are successful; however, if a tooth does not heal properly, then the root canal may need to be redone, the tooth removed, or periodical surgery can be performed. Symptoms of a failed root canal are usually prolonged or severe tooth pain, sensitivity to pressure, and swelling. An endodontic procedure can fail for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Canals went untreated during first treatment
  • Permanent restoration (crown) is delayed after completion of endodontic treatment 
  • Cracked or broken permanent restoration
  • Salivary contamination
  • Extensive decay, causing leakage and infection
  • Fractured tooth

If your endodontically treated tooth is not healing properly, then an evaluation is necessary to determine if retreatment or periapical surgery is the better option for you. Endodontic retreatment involves removing the existing filling material, cleaning and medicating the canals, and placing new filling material in the canals. Any extra or accessory canals will need to be located and treated as well. Periapical surgery involves a small incision to access the root tip of a failing endodontically treated tooth to remove infected tissue and seal the apical end of the root.

When possible, it is best to exhaust all options of saving your natural teeth. If you are having pain or swelling associated with a previously endodontically treated tooth, please contact Dr. F. Norman Ford at (662) 329-1555.


F. Norman Ford, DMD2900 Bluecutt Rd., Suite 4, Columbus, MS 39705 | (662) 329-1555
Columbus, Starkville, West Point, Aberdeen, Amory, Europa, Louisville