Posted on 4/25/2018 by Acree & Isenhower Family Dentistry
When you get a root canal done, the hope is that it will last the rest of your life. That is the case for most people, but there are times when the root canal does fail. There are different reasons that a root canal fails.
If the tooth was not cleaned properly or if the infection in the tooth persist, failure can result. If the seal was not successful or if there were other complications, there is a chance of failure.
The key to resolving issues related to a root canal failure is recognizing the signs. The sooner a person recognizes a problem, the sooner they can get the root canal redone and the fewer problems they will have.
What to Look For
Most people think the most obvious sign they need to have their root canal redone is pain. While that is true, pain is one of the later signs. There are other things to look for that happen before a person experiences pain in the tooth, such as:
Tenderness - If the area around the tooth is tender, it is a sign of a potential problem.
Sensitivity - If the tooth or the area around the tooth is sensitive when touched or when a person places pressure on the tooth from eating, it is possible that the root canal is failing.
Swelling - Swelling around the gums and tooth is a sign of possible infection in the tooth.
While the signs may seem obvious, there is another problem that allows people to ignore the possibility of failure. The signs may come and go. They are more obvious at times and less obvious at others. They may disappear for a period of time. All of this allows a person to ignore what is happening.
If you experience any of these signs or think that something is wrong with a root canal you had done, do not hesitate to call us. It is better to talk to us earlier than to wait until later when it becomes an emergent situation.