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How happens when you go in for retreated root canal soreness?

How happens when you go in for retreated root canal soreness?

Depends: It depends upon what the dentist finds wrong. The possibilities include watching the tooth, apex surgery, retreating the root canal, or extraction. ...Read more

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I'm faced with the choice of getting a tooth extracted or trying apico surgery on retreated root canal. Which one should ichoose?

I'm faced with the choice of getting a tooth extracted or trying apico surgery on retreated root canal. Which one should ichoose?

Risk vs Reward: A published statistical analysis of that question reveals specific pre-existing conditions that influence the outcome of apicoectomies. I suggest you visit your local endodontist to review your specific case to see which of these factors are causing the conventional treatment to fail and how they will influence the outcome of the surgical process. Good luck -. ...Read more

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Six weeks ago, I had a retreatment root canal for tooth number 30. Since then the tooth doesn't hurt, but the gum below has some swelling and burning sensation. What Should I do?

See the denist: Molar root canals can be difficult to treat given the size and nature of infection. If there is still infection present then it might require a surgical procedure know as an apicoectomy. It could also be something else. It is important to consult the person who performed the root canal to figure out what's going on. ...Read more

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My endodonist did retreatment root canal and a few days later I woke up with swollen cheek could this be from him not allowing it to drain properly?

My endodonist did retreatment root canal and a few days later I woke up with swollen cheek could this be from him not allowing it to drain properly?

Swelling post endo: Its possible that residual infection outside the tooth that lead to needing to retreat the root canal has flared up contact the endodontist to let them know what is going on. ...Read more

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Had root canal 3 weeks ago to tooth #14. It's still sore. Tried antibiotics and bite adjustment. Is it too soon for retreatment of root canal?

Re-evaluation: Re-evaluation, not necessarily retreatment. Were you infected before the root canal? Was the tooth traumatized (might be fractured)? Are all canals accounted for and filled adequately? If your pain continues, then a second opinion by an endodontist might be in order. ...Read more

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I had a retreat on a root canal that I had done previously. I have gone through 2 rounds of antibiotics, should i still be getting a fistula?

I had a retreat on a root canal that I had done previously. I have gone through 2 rounds of antibiotics, should i still be getting a fistula?

See below: Many variables, first that the tooth has a fracture and would be better served with an implant, second, incomplete or missing canals, dependent on the location of the tooth an apicoectomy may be beneficial, speak with your dentist or endodontist for complete understanding of your individual case. ...Read more

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I know I have an infection from the retreatment of the root canal but what caused it 3 days after the procedure?

I know I have an infection from the retreatment of the root canal but what caused it 3 days after the procedure?

Infection : The infection that lead to needing to retreat the root canal may still be outside the root. Call the dentist and indicate what you are feeling you may need to be on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long after a retreatment of a root canal with a temporary filling, can you eat on that side/tooth?

How long after a retreatment of a root canal with a temporary filling, can you eat on that side/tooth?

Root canal: For specific info about your case, I suggest asking the endodontist or oral surgeon who treated you. ...Read more

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Should I seek emergency treatment for fever, chills and malaise after root canal retreat despite strong antibiotics?

Should I seek emergency treatment for fever, chills and malaise after root canal retreat despite strong antibiotics?

Signs of Infection: Including fever, chills and malaise. You have an infection and you should contact your endodontist or dentist immediately to ensure the infection does not spread or lead to additional complications. ...Read more

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I have a lot of pain and facial swelling from a root canal retreat. I was given penicillin v and metronidazole. When will the swelling go down?

Typically 3-7 days: Most advanced dental infections will take at least 2-3 days for antibiotics to start to have a positive effect. Depending on the progression and nature of the infection, this can take longer. One way to "get the upper hand" is to have a dentist make an incision and drain the swelling and greatly reduce the bacterial load. Facial swellings should be monitored as they can become quite serious. ...Read more

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Pain after root canal retreatment normal?

Pain after root canal retreatment normal?

Yes and No: You probably had you mouth open for quite a while and your muscle is sore. Your gum may be irritated from the clamp. The disinfectant used to clean the root canal can irritate as well. If you don't feel better after 2 days call your doctor (or sooner if you're concerned). Meanwhile, take whatever you dentist prescribed or Ibuprofen 600mg every 6 hours. You should not be in extreme pain, howeve. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long can you put off a root canal retreatment?

Not for long: You can probably put it off for a little, but beware of if it flares up, it may require emergency surgery and you will lose your tooth. Only your endodontist knows if it's advisable to put off the procedure. ...Read more

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Is it true that a root canal retreatment is more painful than the original root canal?

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False, painless: Fortunately, with Modern Dentistry, the root canal treatment or re-treatment procedure is painless. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a root canal retreatment more painful than the original root canal?

It depends: A root canal tx. Is usually painless unless there is a lot of infection involved which will make getting anesthetized more difficult and subsequently cause more discomfort. ...Read more

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Ideas? What options are availiable if a root canal retreatment fails?

Re-treat or extract: Re-treatment, including possibility of cutting off the tip of the root (apex resection). Or extractoin of the tooth. ...Read more

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Do you know are implants an option only if the initial root canal fails or can you still have implants after a root canal retreatment fails?

Do you know are implants an option only if the initial root canal fails or can you still have implants after a root canal retreatment fails?

Both are ok: Replacement of a bad tooth with an implant is possible after either scenario. Some variables to consider are the amount of bone present to support the implant, your bite, position of other teeth, and other factors. Seek a consultation for a good implant surgeon. Periodontists or oral surgeons are a good place to start. You might consider getting an endodontist's opinion on saving your teeth. ...Read more

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I got an old root canal retreated this past tues due to abscess. Dr put meds and temp crown on it til appt in 2 wks. Abscess seems worse. Normal?

Endo retreatment: Whenever an n old root canal is retreated, it is normal for the tooth to be more sensitive than before. The removal of the root canal filling is more laborious that taking out the pulp tissues. It is always possible to take the files outside of the root into the surrounding bone and cause some post op pain. Continue the medication as prescribed and check back with the dentist if symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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I'm having a root canal retreatment done, second appointment is on Mon. Top of temp. Filling fell out tonight, Can I wait until next app.?.

I'm having a root canal retreatment done, second appointment is on Mon. Top of temp. Filling fell out tonight, Can I wait until next app.?.

Possibly: If only a part of the temporary came out, there is still a seal and no problem.
If you taste medication, then call your dentist and get it replaced. ...Read more

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I got a root canal retreated due to an abscess and had a temp crown placed a week or so ago. I've been nauseous every day since... Why?

I got a root canal retreated due to an abscess and had a temp crown placed a week or so ago.  I've been nauseous every day since... Why?

Call dentist: It might not be related to the re-treatment. Are you taking antibiotics and pain medications? You could be having a reaction to one of them. Call the dentist and discuss your symptoms. ...Read more

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When there is a root canal retreatment, does the endodontist usually fill the lesion at the tip root with bone material for the lesion to heal quick?

When there is a root canal retreatment, does the endodontist usually fill the lesion at the tip root with bone material for the lesion to heal quick?

RC Retreatment: RC retreatment is different from an apicoectomy, which may or may not involve the placement of bone at the surgical site. Discuss the treatment with your endodontist and his/her reasonings for bone fill material in your specific situation. ...Read more

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Can a standard x-ray in a dentists office really show if a fistula tract has healed 2 months following a root canal retreatment?

Can a standard x-ray in a dentists office really show if a fistula tract has healed 2 months following a root canal retreatment?

Fistula tract: They usually do not show up on a radiograph. A gutta-percha point is often inserted and will follow the tract to its origin, as well as show up on a film. Bone healing, diminished pain, and experience let your dentist know all is well. ...Read more

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3 weeks after root canal retreatment i still have swelling and soreness. I just finished my 2nd round of antibiotics & steroids. Is this normal?

3 weeks after root canal retreatment i still have swelling and soreness. I just finished my 2nd round of antibiotics & steroids. Is this normal?

It is unusual. See: Your dentist. Typically, any pain and swelling that was caused by a root canal infection clears within days, not weeks. There is still something going in. See your dentist to have the area evaluated again. ...Read more

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2 weeks ago had a root canal retreatment & there was a fistula tract. I don't see the tract now but the gum feels tender when I use a water flosser.?

2 weeks ago had a root canal retreatment & there was a fistula tract. I don't see the tract now but the gum feels tender when I use a water flosser.?

Infection: You had a serious infection (abscess w pus draining through bone/gum) that was treated surgically (Rx treatment). It will take time to heal. It would be well in order to check in with your treating General Dentist or Endodontics Specialist so that they can advise you as to your healing schedule. ...Read more

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Will I definitely need a new dental crown after the endodontist does root canal retreatment by drilling thru the center top of the existing crown?

Will I definitely need a new dental crown after the endodontist does root canal retreatment by drilling thru the center top of the existing crown?

Not necessarily: If rest of crown is intact with well sealed margins and the contacts and occlusion are good, then a resin restoration with/ without a post is typically sufficient. Consult with the endodontist and your restorative Dentist. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Abcess on a tooth. Retreated with a 2nd root canal and antibiotic. I still have temporary filling. Want to get pregnant asap. Can I start trying now?

Abcess on a tooth. Retreated with a 2nd root canal and antibiotic. I still have temporary filling. Want to get pregnant asap. Can I start trying now?

Probably: If the root canal has been deemed successful by the dentist, I can't think of a reason not to get pregnant. Has a crown or cover for the tooth been suggested? ...Read more

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Had retreatment of two root canals... Having heat sensitivity with one of the molars treated-shouldn't tooth be "dead" now, not sensitive?

Had retreatment of two root canals... Having heat sensitivity with one of the molars treated-shouldn't tooth be "dead" now, not sensitive?

Endo retreat pain: Root canal retreatments are about 60-80% successful. A flare-up--sensitivity to thermal changes or pain when biting--are very possible. If you were prescribed antibiotics and/or pain medication take them as directed. If pain persists return to your treating dentist for follow-up. ...Read more