Complications of Root Canal Treatment

Updated at: Jan 16, 2013
Complications of Root Canal Treatment
Dr Poonam Sachdev
Dental HealthWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Dec 04, 2012

Like any other invasive medical or dental procedures, complications are possible after a root canal treatment as well.


Some of the common complications of root canal treatment are

  • Inflammation and pain: You may be prescribed pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease the discomfort.
  • Infection: Antibiotics will be needed to treat infection. You may have pain till the infection does not subside.
  • Puncture of tooth: Side of the tooth can get punctured. If the puncture is on the tooth from where saliva can get into the hole, the tooth will need further treatment.
  • Difficulty or inability to locate and clean the canal


Pain, or the Lack of It


Most people do not have pain during the root canal procedure. This is because your dentist gives you local anesthesia before the procedure. If you have pain while the procedure is being done, tell your dentist about it. Your dentist will adjust the technique to avoid causing pain again or give more anesthesia if required. If this doesn't help you may be given sedation, such as nitrous oxide.




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