NON-HEALING AFTER ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
Fortunately for everyone, most root canals heal with about a 95% success rate. When they don't heal, we would prefer to call this "non-healing". Be aware that this is not mere carpentry -- it is a medical procedure and all medical procedures do not heal 100% of the time, including root canals. Generally speaking, the non-healing takes one of two avenues:
Typically, the non-healing is caused by one of two things:
1. Inflammation-The inflammation may be from the tooth being inflamed prior to treatment, or the treatment itself may elicit more inflammation. Usually time, and medication like Advil, or steroids can resolve this.
2. Infection can be from three main causes:
If the non-healing is due to infection, usually time and antibiotics will resolve this. If signs or symptoms persist, there are three options:
Obviously, every case is different and careful evaluation is paramount to resolving any conditions of non-healing.
We will contact you by mail and/or phone in six months for a re-examination to determine that healing is progressing normally. We may take a x-ray to ensure that the tooth and surrounding tissues are healed. There will be no additional fee for this service.
If you ever have any questions, or should difficulties arise as a consequence of your endodontic treatment, please do not hesitate to call Dr. Peterson: office 436-3491
February 06, 2008
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