Posted on 3/22/2021 by Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
A root canal treatment is usually highly effective in saving a tooth that's internally decaying due to an infection. The procedure not only eliminates the infection but also helps prolong the life of the infected tooth. However, occasionally, a root canal-treated tooth may develop an infection again.
This happens in rare cases only. The infection may regrow during the recovery period following your root canal treatment. Or it can also occur months or even years later.
What Causes Infection After Root Canal Treatment?
There are a number of reasons why a root canal-treated tooth might start decaying again. Many a time, it's because the patient did not follow up or refused to receive a dental crown.
A dental cap or crown adds an extra layer of protection over the treated tooth. While it is not needed in every case, most periodontists recommend covering the tooth that has undergone root canal treatment. Not placing a crown over the treated tooth can give bacteria an open passage to re-infect the roots.
Another possible reason is that your dentist did not sufficiently fill the pulp chamber with a root canal seal. Or maybe they missed or failed to remove the lateral or "accessory" canals during the treatment. Accessory canals are thin, curved roots that branch off the main tooth canals. Since they are quite hard to detect, an untrained eye can miss them easily.
This is why we recommend getting root canal treatment from reliable professionals such as Dr. Gus Dehni DMD and at Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.
Fortunately, redevelopment of infection after a root canal procedure does not necessarily mean you need to get the tooth removed. Generally, a second treatment can help correct any problems that may arise after a root canal procedure.
At Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we use the latest techniques in dentistry to ensure optimum results for all our patients. So, you can be confident in trusting us for your treatment.
If you are experiencing pain in your previously treated tooth or have noticed other signs of re-infection like swollen gums, contact us immediately. Dial 508-996-3131 now to schedule your appointment and see how we can help save your decaying tooth.
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