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Root canals gone wrong: What can happen

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2024 | Dental Injuries And Malpractice |

Nobody wants to get a root canal, but when a tooth is causing you a significant amount of pain, it can actually be a quick route to relief – unless the root canal somehow goes wrong.

Root canals are typically done to avoid an extraction since most dentists (and people) are in favor of maintaining someone’s natural teeth as long as possible. However, root canals can be the wrong choice for some situations, and they can be improperly performed. When that happens, patients can suffer significant complications.

What’s the worst that can go wrong?

Unlike an extraction, a root canal is actually a fairly delicate procedure. When it’s rushed or carelessly performed, patients can suffer from:

  • Pain: This often indicates that the dentist failed to completely remove the dead nerve or infected pulp within the canals of the tooth.
  • Infection: Incomplete removal of the tooth’s pulp before placing a cap or failure to place a cap soon enough can cause infection to spread within a patient’s mouth.
  • Leaking fluids: Pus or blood can end up leaking from a patient’s mouth, usually as a sign that an abscess is starting to form in the affected area.
  • Sinus issues: Infections from the teeth can travel to the sinus area, especially if a dentist or dental surgeon fails to do the job properly and either goes too deep or doesn’t fully remove all the bacteria.

A failed root canal can lead to tooth discoloration, swelling in the jaw and the need for restorative dentistry, which can be both painful and expensive. If infection is involved, it can also lead to systemic issues for the patient that can further complicate their recovery.

If you’ve suffered a “root canal gone wrong,” you could be the victim of dental malpractice. Learning more about your legal options can help you decide your next move.

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