At Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT, we know how nervous a root canal can make most people. In spit of our tireless attempts – on this blog and across our platforms – to remove the stigma associated with endodontic treatment, we know how hard it can be to shake the assumption that a root canal will be a painful experience.
In order to assuage any fears our patients may have regarding this safe and effective procedure, we have compiled a list of risks associated with a root canal, as well as how likely the situations are to occur. Check it out below, and remember: the risk associated with putting off a root canal far outweighs the chance of any possible complications during your procedure!
The Possible Complications
- Worn Seal: It’s possible, though highly unlikely, that the seal placed on the completed restoration can wear away over time. Sugars and acids in food attack dental restorations the same way they attack normal teeth, so make sure to maintain a consistent regimen of dental hygiene, and you should be free of this possibility.
- Re-Infection: Sometimes, not all the bacteria is properly removed from the incision. This can cause the area to become re-infected and can require endodontic retreatment. Though more common than the first complication, it is still very unlikely, especially if you are in the hands of an expert endodontic team and maintain your flossing and brushing habits after the procedure.
- Recurring Pain: Some tenderness and sensitivity is to be expected after your procedure, but it usually fades after a few weeks. If it doesn’t, there might be an infection or cracks in your teeth that were too small to assess initially. Though this rarely happens, it is worth notifying us if your pain lasts longer than a few weeks.
Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT wants all our patients to remember that root canals are no more invasive or painful than most modern dental treatments. Don’t wait! The alternative might be tooth loss or gum disease. Contact us today!