Signs a Root Canal Has Failed and May Need to Be Repeated
Posted on 2/10/2020 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Though a root canal can be associated with something painful, most of the actual discomfort stems from the irritation itself and not the remedy. Sometimes, though, a root canal could fail, and it is important for you to feel comfortable enough to come back for restoration.
While necessary, many people have heard stories about root canals and what happens when you have one. They are not as bad as you would think, however, especially with modern technology making it much easier to receive one with less anxiety.
How To Tell Your Root Canal Failed
The easiest way to detect a rejection is when once the healing process is complete, you notice something does not feel quite right in your mouth. This could be continued swelling from the site, increased sensitivity to heat or cold, or pain whenever you chew.
The purpose of a root canal is to remove the inflammation from an irritated root so that you can maintain full function of your mouth without any adjustments to your lifestyle. If the infection does not subside or there seems to be complications after the time in which it should have healed, then it may be a good idea to let us know what you are experiencing.
Most discomfort that comes from a root canal can easily be remedied through over-the-counter products such as ibuprofen. Depending on the level of pain you are experiencing, alternating heat or cold on the inflamed area could help reduce the swelling. A root canal is always performed under local anesthesia and for those who feel especially anxious, there are other pain management treatments available for your comfort.
There is no reason you should have to live with pain out of fear of getting a root canal. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us at the office and we will be happy to set up an appointment for you.