It is not unusual for teeth to feel slightly tender or “different” than its neighbors for a few days following root canal treatment (RCT). This is normal and not typically a cause for concern unless it persists for a week or more. Even then, minor symptoms usually resolve with time.
However, some symptoms may be indicative of failed root canal treatment. These include worsening pain, swelling or biting tenderness that doesn’t resolve. Sometimes there are no symptoms but there is evidence of persistent infection on an x-ray.
Failure of root canal treatment is often the result when the infection was not adequately addressed when the original procedure was performed. It can also result from bacterial contamination of the root canal system because of decay, lost or leaky fillings or if a crack forms in the tooth or filling.
Drs. Davis and Schwartz spend almost half their time redoing RCTs done by other dentists. They apply their knowledge and skills to properly plan and treat the ailing tooth, to avoid early-stage failures and increase the odds of successful long-term treatment. Our team also works closely with your dentist and other specialists to rebuild your teeth and provide the best possible results. We also minimize later-stage failures by supporting proper after-care, follow-up visits, and proactive monitoring of the treated tooth. We encourage healing at every step in the treatment process.
For retreatment, we ensure old fillings are completely accessed, disassembled, and removed. Our specialists also “catch” areas that may have been missed in the original treatment; for example, additional or anomalous canals. The canals are thoroughly disinfected, reshaped and sealed. Ultimately, a crown is usually placed to protect the structure and health of the tooth over the long term.
Our specialists are privileged to resolve even the most complex problems for our patients in Boerne, Eagle Pass, Fredericksburg, Laredo, Del Rio, Spring Branch, and greater west-central TX.