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Root Canal


A model of teeth cleaning with titanium metal tooth pick instrumentRoot canals are used to treat infected teeth. The infection occurs when bacteria build up in the root of a tooth, which can cause intense pain and swelling around the area. If left untreated, it could lead to more severe conditions such as an abscess or even osteomyelitis (bone infections). However, sometimes the root canal gets an infection itself. This is called a secondary infection, an old root canal infection, or recurrent apical periodontitis.

What Causes Old Root Canal Infections?


Several things can cause an old root canal infection. One common reason is when bacteria get past the sealant used to close off the root canals after treatment. This can happen if a doctor doesn't apply the sealant correctly or wears it down over time. Bacteria can also get into the tooth through enamel or gum disease cracks.

Old Root Canal Infection Symptoms


Root canals are used to treat infected teeth. The infection occurs when bacteria build up in the root of a tooth, which can cause intense pain and swelling around the area. If left untreated, it could lead to more severe abscesses or even osteomyelitis (bone infections). However, sometimes the root canal gets an infection itself. This is called a secondary infection, an old root canal infection, or recurrent apical periodontitis.

How Is an Old Root Canal Infection Treated?


If you are experiencing old root canal infection symptoms, it's essential to see a dentist right away. Treatment will vary depending on the cause and severity of the infection. However, antibiotics will be prescribed to kill the bacteria in most cases. If there is damage to the tooth or surrounding bone, surgery may be necessary to repair it.

Preventing Old Root Canal Infections


Preventing old root canal infections is best to avoid their symptoms and complications. If you're not sure if your tooth has become infected, schedule an appointment with a dentist for a checkup. During dental exams, dentists will look carefully at teeth where root canals were performed and those around them. Dentists may also recommend taking regular x-rays to watch for any signs of infection or damage to the jawbone over time.

Symptoms of a Failed Root Canal


If you experience any of these symptoms, it's essential to see your dentist right away: pain, swelling, redness, drainage from the tooth, tenderness to biting pressure, and bad breath. Treatment for a failed root canal will vary depending on what's causing the infection. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed, and surgery may be recommended to repair any damage.

How Can I Prevent a Root Canal Failure?


You can usually prevent root canal failure by taking good care of your teeth and gums. For example, dentists recommend brushing at least twice daily, flossing once or twice per day using the proper technique (unwaxed dental floss), avoiding sugary foods and drinks that contribute to tooth decay. Additionally, drinking only fluoridated water instead of tap water, quitting smoking if you smoke, getting regular checkups, and replacing old fillings as soon as possible. You should also eat nutritious foods like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

If you're not sure if your tooth is infected, see a dentist right away at Karl Hoffman Dentistry. We can perform a checkup and may recommend having regular x-rays taken to watch for any signs of infection or damage to the jawbone over time. Please reach us via 360-539-3429 with any question or comment.
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