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Root Canal Complications

Root Canal ComplicationsRoot canal is performed to save teeth from extraction by removing the damaged pulp and protecting the teeth from further problems. In some cases, complications may occur and necessitate additional treatment from our endodontist. When pain occurs after root canal, it should be investigated by our endodontist to determine whether problems are present. Here is more about root canal complications.


Failure of Treatment

In some cases, root canal is unsuccessful at eliminating the infection inside a tooth or protecting it from future problems. When this happens, our endodontist may recommend retreatment or root canal surgery. Surgical treatments, such as apioectomy, are used to address the infection from a different angle.


Other Possible Complications

A number of other root canal complications can occur. For example, cracks in treated teeth may not be detected during the initial procedure and will require further treatment to resolve the problem. Damaged restorations can also result in root canal failure by opening the tooth to re-infection. Root canals can also be missed, resulting in the need to retreat the tooth. Finally, the barrier set in place during root canal treatment can fail, requiring reconstruction by our endodontist as a result.

Retreatment is often sufficient to address root canal complications. However, depending on the findings of an exam performed by our endodontist, surgery or other treatments may be deemed necessary. By having complications resolved, patients can gain freedom from the pain and other problems associated with tooth infections. At a consultation with our endodontist in Los Angeles, patients can learn more about potential complications of root canal and discuss treatment options.

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