If you’re concerned or are suffering from root canal complications or failed 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 failed root canals.
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.
The most common solution in addressing root canal complications and failure is to perform a root canal re treatment. If the dentist thinks that a re treatment 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 apicoectomy.
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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