Root Canal Infection
Root canal therapy is a powerful solution for saving infected teeth from extraction, but like any medical or dental treatment, it may not always permanently resolve present symptoms. In some cases, infections may reappear after root canal therapy or result from problems that occur during the procedure. When patients experience a root canal infection, they should schedule an appointment with our dentist immediately for treatment to resolve it.
How Infection May Develop
Root canal infection rarely occurs, but when it does, it may be mild or severe and can happen for a variety of reasons. For example, bacteria may enter surrounding tissues during the procedure and create infections there afterwards. In some cases, remaining bacteria in the root canals may also result in re-infection and complications, such as abscess.
Signs of Infection
An infected root canal can be identified by a variety of symptoms depending on location and severity. Abscess, a collection of pus inside the gums that may resemble a pimple, signifies infection and should be examined by our dentist as soon as possible. Heat and pain around the treatment area can also be signs of infection. Finally, patients who experience fever or fatigue may have a serious infection and must seek treatment without delay.
When patients experience root canal infection, they can visit our dentist for retreatment that can resolve the issue. Depending on the findings of an exam, our dentist may recommend another root canal or endodontic surgery. For more information about infected root canal signs and treatments, patients can contact our Los Angeles endodontist to schedule a consultation.
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