A 56-year-old female asked:
two failed root canals being retreated...is it possible that re-infection could have resulted in an osteomyelitis of right lower jawbone?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Scott Bobbitt answered
31 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Root canal treatment primarily fails due to 1: residual bacterial infection of incompletely treated roots, 2: re-contamination of the rc filling from decay in leaking/failed dental work or 3: trauma. Osteomyelitis is a bone infection from many sources: teeth, blood, bone fractures, residual infection (involucrum), or others. Sometimes, the source is not known-even distant to site of infection.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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