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Are Root Canal Retreatments Common?

The root canal system is very complex, and while some root canal treatments don’t result in any future issues for the patient, others can cause pain due to infection months or years after the initial treatment.*

When Are Root Canal Retreatments Needed?

There are a variety of reasons root canal retreatment may be needed. One of the main factors is related to the complex anatomy of the root canal system. If the narrow, curved canals within the root canal system are not thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during the initial treatment—or they go undetected altogether—the tooth may become infected again.*

GentleWave ProcedureDuring standard root canal treatment (RCT), files and treatment fluids are used to remove the infected tissue, and clean and disinfect the canals. But since the root canal system can consist of narrow and curved canals, it can be difficult for the files used during standard RCT to reach all the infected tissue.*

Fortunately, the GentleWave Procedure offers an alternative to standard root canal treatment, and reduces some of the concerns regarding retreatment.

The GentleWave® Procedure: A One-Session Alternative

During the GentleWave Procedure, fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy is used to clean the root canal system. This method enables even the deepest and most complex portions of the root canal system to be cleaned and disinfected,1,2 decreasing the chance that root canal retreatment would be needed.4

In addition to relying on fewer files throughout the root canal procedure, with the GentleWave alternative, cleaning, disinfection and filling can be completed in just one session.4 And since the GentleWave Procedure is so effective at cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system, there’s less chance of failure over time.4

Locating a GentleWave Provider Near You

If you need a root canal and are interested in the GentleWave Procedure as an alternative to standard root canal treatment, use our Provider Locator to find a dentist or endodontist in your area with the GentleWave System. 

*American Association of Endodontics