Infected Root Canal

Compassionate Endodontists New York/NYC

Endodontics located in New York, NY

Though not common, infection is a possible complication of a root canal. Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, of Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC, located in the Midtown West area of New York City, provides treatment for your root canal infection, so you experience only minor symptoms and still preserve your tooth. Call the office today or use the online tool to find out more about how to handle an infected root canal. 

Soft introduction Q & A

What is an infected root canal?

During a root canal, the infected pulp inside your tooth is removed and replaced with a biocompatible material. This preserves your tooth’s structure, which benefits your oral health. 

It’s not common for a root canal to cause further infection, but it’s possible. 

When should I suspect I have an infected root canal?

It’s normal to have some pain after a root canal. The procedure irritates surrounding nerves and soft tissue, so you may have soreness for a few days. You can usually manage the pain with over-the-counter pain medications and notice that it subsides over time.

But, if you continue to feel intense pain for more than a week after your root canal, it could indicate an infection. This is especially true if you notice your pain worsens with time.

If you notice any of these symptoms, come see Dr. Kaplan right away:

  • Mild tenderness when you eat or press on your tooth
  • Temperature sensitivities
  • Unbearable pain
  • Greenish or yellowish pus
  • Warm, red gums around your tooth
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

Sometimes, a root canal infection can develop after a few weeks, months, or even years. This indicates that your tooth never healed fully and that an infection set in slowly, over time.

Why did I develop an infected root canal?

A tooth may become infected following a root canal due to:

  • Irregular and complex root canal shapes that are unique to you
  • Delayed placement of a crown following treatment
  • A new cavity in your treated tooth

Although infected root canals are rare, they require immediate attention to prevent tooth loss.

How do you treat an infected root canal?

Dr. Kaplan may recommend a root canal retreatment. He looks for infected tissue around the area of your affected tooth. He numbs the area and uses a drill to access the root canal. 

Dr. Kaplan cleans the area thoroughly and removes the root filler material.

He then thoroughly dries and disinfects the area. He inserts new gutta-percha (filler) and places a filling on top. You also receive a new crown to protect your retreated tooth.

If you suspect you have an infected root canal, contact the Midtown West office of Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC today. Call the office, or use the online tool to set up an appointment.