Root Canal Complications
you’re concerned or are suffering from root canal complications or
root canal, this page was created with you in mind.
This is where we explain certain complications
that may arise after root canal treatments and how we treat and prevent
such complications from happening.
Fact is, root canal treatment has more than 95%
success rate and only about 5% of root canal complications result to
Root canal treatment is used to repair a tooth
that has been damaged due to an infection or is in terrible physical
shape. The process involves cleaning out the pulp chamber to avoid
further infection around the tooth. Root canal treatment has a
bad reputation of being painful, but we assure you that it is
wrongfully accused, the pain is actually minimal and is only similar to
that of having a filling placed and the fact that it saves a lot of
teeth yearly remains true. If you are to ask for an alternative to root
canal; so far, the only existing alternative for root canal treatment
is the removal of the tooth altogether which makes root canal a better
choice in saving one's tooth.
The usual symptoms of root canal complications or
failure are tooth pain and swelling of gums around the treated tooth
but then again, the feared root canal complications may arise in extremely rare cases.
There are various causes as to why infection may
recur in the treated tooth.
- A tooth may have cracks on its roots that may
bacteria to re-contaminate the insides of your tooth. In
cases like this, we will evaluate your situation thoroughly and we can
do another treatment. If re-treatment is not likely, then an extraction
will be in order.
seal deteriorates over time. The deterioration of the
seal will cause the
re-growth of bacteria inside your treated tooth.
However this is an unlikely case among our clients, since the seals we
use are hard to
breakdown. But if this happens the option we are most likely to take is
another root canal procedure which is almost always successful.
- In some instances root canals may not be entirely cleaned and
sealed by your dentist thereby leaving old infections to
recontaminate or leaving doors for bacteria to penetrate the tooth.
the root of the tooth during the filing procedure may
result to serious root canal complications; this happens to brittle
- Accidental breaking
of Edondontic's file during the procedure is a common
complication. If this happens during the cleaning process, the broken
part is removed.
dental restorations due to improper procudure or
substandard materials would allow bacteria to invade the tooth through
the filling and recontaminate the tooth.
- Sometimes dentists would perform root canal
treatment as a last attempt in saving a tooth though it's largely
decayed; this could be the last measure if you still want to save an extensively decayed tooth
but the guarrantee is nil.
root perforation is also considered one of the most common
root canal complications. This is where the edodontist's instrument
accidentally damage the root of your tooth during the procedure so make
sure that you only let experts work on your tooth.
The most common solution in addressing root canal
complications and failure is to perform a root canal retreatment. If
the dentist thinks that a retreatment isn't possible in your case but
there's still a chance to save your tooth; he may decide on removing
the tooth's apex (root's tip) - this process is called
In cases where any of the two solutions aren't
available to you, extraction will be performed and your tooth may be
replaced by a dental implant.
There's no exact time as to when root canal
complications may occur as sometimes, initial symptoms may not be
visible; it may occur days after your root canal treatment or it may
occur after some years so follow-up examinations are ideal so your
dentist can monitor the status of your root canal and can address any
issues before it even worsen.
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