Is It Possible to Experience a Root Canal Failure?
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
In most cases, root canals will solve problems that have to do with root infections and deep decay. However, in some rare instances, a root canal will fail. The following information explains why this may happen.
What Is a Root Canal and Why Does It Fail Occasionally?
A root canal is a procedure that is used to clear the root canals and remove the pulp of a tooth that is inflamed, infected and/or severely decayed. According to the American Association of Endodontists, a root canal is defined as a procedure where the infected or inflamed pulp is removed inside a tooth, then carefully cleaned and disinfected before it is filled and sealed. This procedure saves the tooth and prevents reinfection. Research data shows that the procedure does not go according to plan in less than 5% of the procedures.
What Can Be Done About a Failed Root Canal Treatment?
When a root canal fails, we will provide a root canal retreatment to learn more about the reason for the failure. This is usually the first step we will take after a root canal fails. During retreatment, we dissemble the materials used for restoration and examine the inside of a tooth to pinpoint the cause of the problem. Afterwards, we clean the canal(s) to rebuild the restoration. If this course of action does not work, an apicoectomy is typically the next step. During this procedure, the tip of the affected tooth is removed and replaced with a filling.
If you have had a root canal and experience pain, swelling, or discharge, contact our office immediately. Address the problem without delay by giving us a call the same day. When this type of problem occurs, time is of the essence. Waiting is never advised when you suspect your root canal treatment is not working. We can be contacted 24/7 by phone or online.
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