From time to time, a root canal failure may happen after a root canal treatment (RCT). Incidence of failure can be related to incomplete cleaning of the root canal system, resistant pathogens, or epigenetic factors.
While some doctors may insist that once you have had a root canal treatment, the tooth can no longer cause pain, current research suggests otherwise.
Persistent inflammation and infection of the periodontal ligament and bone surrounding a tooth with a failing root canal treatment can cause swelling and/or discomfort. However, many patients do not experience noticeable pain or other symptoms, so these infections from failed RCT can go on for years.
The possibility of failure – including one that is not noticeable – is a compelling reason to keep an eye on all RCTed teeth. To fully understand the health status of a root canal treated tooth, we recommend a 3D CBCT scan to check on the healing status for all such treatments. For patients receiving integrative root canal therapy at our practice, a CBCT scan is offered during the recall appointment as a part of the post-operation check-up. With this scan, our endodontists assess the healing of the tooth and the regeneration of the surrounding tissues.
If you received your root canal therapy at another office, you are still welcome to schedule a scan for your peace of mind. Request a CBCT scan appointment.
To understand how we approach failed root canal treatment, explore our FAQs below. For a balanced approach to fixing your root canal failure, schedule a consultation at Integrative Endodontics →
Excellent Outcomes at Integrative Endodontics
Thanks to the advanced irrigation technology we use, our patients have excellent outcomes. Thoroughly cleaning the root canal of your tooth is crucial to not only your dental health, but your whole-body wellness. Integrative Endodontics is dedicated to your long-term well-being, and we choose the technology and techniques to best protect and support it.