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Causes of Root Canal Infection

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Giri Palani
Within the internal structure of teeth, beneath the outer white enamel and the inner dentin layer, lies a delicate tissue known as the pulp. Comprising blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, the tooth pulp has the potential to become inflamed or infected, a condition commonly referred to as an infected root canal.

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Several factors can contribute to a tooth developing an infection in your root canal. The intricate shape of root canals may have complex areas where infection can go unnoticed during the initial procedure. Teeth with narrow or curved canals may not be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during the root canal process. The presence of additional accessory canals potentially harboring bacteria could cause a reinfection. Delay in placing the crown or permanent restoration after the treatment can allow harmful bacteria to re-enter the tooth. Development of a new cavity, cracking, or damage to the tooth post-treatment can also lead to a potential new root canal infection.

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After undergoing a root canal procedure, it is crucial to remain vigilant for any indications of untreated infection. Effectively preventing the potential spread of infection is not only essential for the well-being of your tooth but also for your overall health. If detected promptly, managing the infection can be achieved without further complications.

While it is uncommon following initial treatment, patients may exhibit signs of a root canal infection. Some common indicators to help identify an infection after a root canal procedure include persistent pain and heightened tooth sensitivity or the development of an abscess on or in front of the root tip.

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Maintain a consistent routine of brushing and flossing for your teeth. Integrate a gentle mouthwash into your oral care routine a few days after undergoing root canal treatment. Seek immediate medical advice upon detecting any signs of infection in the treated area. Schedule biannual dental check-ups to ensure a comprehensive assessment of your teeth by our dentist.

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