I think I have another tooth infection on a root canal I had done several years ago. The dental crown that goes over the root broke inside the root. Now all that is left is this hole and I’m suffering from serious pain! I also am having bleeding in the hole when I tried to replace the tooth. Do you think this is another tooth infection? It hurts and throbs on my gum both inside and out. Sometimes it even feels like the pain is radiating up into my right check. Do I need an antibiotic? Should I get in to see my dentist? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
– Kristi from Kansas,
It is hard to understand exactly the issue you are experiencing based on the description you provided. Although, based on where the pain seems to be coming from, it does sound like you may have a tooth infection. Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
If an old root canal is exposed, the cement that holds it in place can deteriorate. Over time saliva can break it down and this leaves your tooth vulnerable to infection again. This may be the case for you. During a root canal procedure a temporary filling is put in place for protection. If the temporary fails or if your permanent filling or dental crown breaks then the material is exposed to saliva and food particles. I would consider this a dental emergency in that you need to get to your dentist within a couple days before the infection reoccurs.
In regard to the description of your pain, it is possible that the pain can migrate to your eye or even all the way to your brain. This is very serious and can even be life threatening. Also, antibiotics can help control the infection, but the medication alone will not heal the infection. The tooth must be treated otherwise the infection will likely come back and may build an immunity to the antibiotic. Root canals are very serious and require immediate attention.
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