More than 15 million root canals are performed in the United States every year. Going to the dentist to have a root canal can be a scary experience for some people. But you’re glad the dentist is available when the tooth pain or swollen gums can stop you from eating, talking, and sleeping. Your root canal needs the attention of a dentist because infections can lead to more health problems.
What are Failed Root Canal Symptoms
Failed root canal symptoms can be painful on a scale from one to ten or higher. You may be able to pinpoint the area but not the tooth that is causing the pain. Having the root canal x-rayed will show the dentist what the problem is and develop a treatment plan.
When the crown comes off the tooth is not protected. Then over time the tooth will break in half or crack and leave sharp edges that scrape the side of the tongue and cheek.
- The tooth wasn’t cleaned and disinfected thoroughly during the procedure.
- The seal could have degraded and lost the ability to keep out bacteria.
- The throbbing can feel likes it’s beating along with your heart. The pain may increase from bending over, sitting or laying down.
- The gum and tooth may be tender to the touch.
- Biting into hot or cold foods and drinks will make the tooth hurt. Sensitivity to sweets makes the tooth react with pain. The pain won’t subside quickly and it takes time for it to completely disappear.
- Your lower incisors could be hiding a second canal that will not be treated. When the extra canal is not detected an infection will occur that leads to dealing with an abscess.
The root canal failure symptoms also include a fluid called Pus. This causes very bad breath and leaves a rotten taste in your mouth. You can personally smell the foul odor. The way pus drains from the mouth into the body is called the fistulous tract. This is an infection that can lay inside the gum and cause painful swelling. The swelling is called a boil. The boil may reappear at any time and is painful and tender to the touch.
How to Know if Your Tooth is Reinfected
Your tooth can be reinfected by brushing and flossing irregularly, the filling came out leaving the inside of the tooth unprotected from bacteria. There are many reasons to return to the dentist to have the tooth repaired.
- It’s very difficult to clean food particles out of the crevice, sanitize and disinfect an uncovered root canal tooth.
- The reinfected root canal has bacteria left from food and beverages that can breed in the gums and around the root.
- The older you become your teeth age right along with you. They are susceptible to cracking and breaking in half more than 15 years after the procedure.
- You might have never returned to the dentist to have a crown or cap placed on the tooth. Now it’s the color black, gray or yellow.
- If bacteria is sealed into the tooth after the procedure from improper cleaning.
When your teeth hurt, your entire disposition can change from nice to nasty. Making an appointment for the dentist to check a reinfected root canal can save your teeth, friendships and your smile.