Problems Caused by Improper Root Canal Procedure
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Dentists are as infallible as any other medical doctor, and sometimes root canal procedures do not conclude in the best of circumstances for the patient. When injury occurs and the person is left seeking additional procedures or help from another source, it may be time to seek litigation against the dentist for these matters.
Root canal problems often signal the body through tenderness in the area, sensitivity to someone tapping on the tooth or teeth and pain in usual circumstances. If the treatment of the mouth was not successful, the issues become even more significant as the patient waits for further assistance. Swelling is normal as well as bum boils and a bad taste or odor emanating from the mouth. Some symptoms are constant, and others are intermittent. The person may even feel many of them disappear after some time only to recur later. It is imperative that the individual seek dental care immediately.
What Causes Root Canal Problems?
When the initial dentist did not perform the correct processes, had defective equipment, was negligent during care or could not complete the root canal, this could all lead to possible dental malpractice. However, many issues where the mouth, teeth or gums later have serious symptoms are due to reactions to the procedure or medication. Some patients react unfavorably to certain metals. Other individuals have swelling that may mask any further issues that could exist. If the first dentist appears to have caused problems, the patient may need to seek another to ensure the root canal aftercare helps him or her recover fully.
What is Expected after the Root Canal
Though there are symptoms that occur after the root canal completes, these should die down after a few days to a couple of weeks. However, when pain or other issues persist, it is important to check in with the dentist again. Once the root canal healing is over, the initial problems that led to the surgery should no longer remain. Any irritation that occurs could pose an issue. However, expected treatment of the tooth and mouth should conclude any other issues or complications. The expectation of the surgery is that nothing else occurs. This is standard unless there are other factors present.
Complications with Aftercare
When any issue appears after the root canal that does not seem connected with healing, it is imperative the patient contact a dentist immediately. Any problems with the teeth could flare up at any point during the aftercare stage. If any additional concerns occur, these could either relate to the initial issue or happen to due something else entirely. Often, the situation may involve infection. These are common after medical or dental treatment. They are not necessarily expected, but when handled correctly, they rarely pose a significant risk to the individual. Without immediate attention to the issue, there is a greater risk of damage to the mouth or connected areas.
Infections and Necessary Dental Treatment
When the root canal causes an infection or one sets in after the procedure, the patient may need to return to the dentist for additional treatment. It is difficult when the drugs or equipment caused the problem, but these situations arise often without any defective tools or breaches to the duty of care owed to patients. Infections occur frequently for some and not at all for others. It is important to monitor the mouth for any additional problems. The necessary treatment may include another surgical procedure in the mouth or a trip to a medical doctor for the condition.
The root canal procedure may fail and cause problems afterwards. This is often evident in an x-ray that provides evidence of the problem. There are dark spots that may occur at the root of the tooth which may provide proof of complications. However, not all failures of root canals appear by symptoms. This is another reason why a follow-up visit is critical. Some teeth will only show problems after an x-ray is taken. The checkup could explain that nothing is wrong or that the root canal failed. Swift action is crucial form other issues happening in the mouth after the initial procedure.
Legal Help in Failed Root Canals
Contacting a lawyer after a root canal procedure fails is important. Sometimes a breach in the duty of care occurred which lead to injury. If the aftercare does not resolve the matter, the patient may need to seek additional dental care. It is necessary for a legal representative to review the matter to see if malpractice exists.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.