Root canal infection claims
Infection after root canal treatments can sometimes occur. If the procedure was carried out negligently, one of the symptoms that may occur is an infection, which may spread and can cause significant issues if not treated appropriately and promptly.
This kind of mistake by a dentist is not only painful and worrying, but can result in other issues such as the spread of the infection to the surrounding teeth and gums, problems with eating and speaking and possibly even sepsis. This type of issue can sometimes result in tooth loss.
If you have unfortunately experienced an infection after root canal treatment, and this has led to further injury, you might be eligible to make a compensation claim for dental negligence.
What causes a root canal infection?
A common cause of root canal infections in the days and week after the root canal procedure is carried out, is if the decay, which should be completely removed during the root canal procedure, is not all cleared. If any of this is left behind, it can allow bacteria to grow, which may result in infection.
How do you know if your root canal is infected?
If you’ve had a root canal procedure and think that you might possibly have an infection, this list of symptoms might help. Some of the symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort that lasts longer than a couple of days after the root canal procedure took place. This can feel worse if you apply pressure to the area (usually while eating) and can include a sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Pus being discharged from the area around the root canal, usually greenish or yellowish in colour
- Swelling or a warm feeling in the area around the tooth with the root canal, such as the gums close to it. The swelling can potentially also spread to the face and neck in some cases.
- A bad taste in the mouth or bad breath – this can be caused by infected tissue around the root canal tooth.
If you experience one or more of these signs of infection after root canal treatment, you should return to your dentist so that, if there is an infection, it can be brought under control and hopefully stop any further damage to your oral health.