Re: Can a problems arise many years after a root canal?
i had the same thing happen to me, twice! The first time the root canal failed. That is what they call it. It went untreated for weeks and became very infected and the pain was horrible. I had deferred pain into my sinuses and ear. I also have a crown on the affected tooth. For the first tooth they made an incision above the gumline and went in and fixed it. It is a surgical procedure and should be in the expertise of an endodontist or oral surgeon. That is who I went to. The other tooth in which I thought this happened to was actually an abscess. It was sore when I chewed on it but the pain was different than the other tooth. Eventually it became very painful. I learned that something had become wedged beneath the gumline and became infected. A "pocket" of gross stuff formed and after the endodontist lanced it and cleaned it thoroughly it was fine. In regards to the possibility of infection, some possible symptoms to keep in mind are pain, bad breath, the taste of infection, or the aroma of infection on your saliva. I hope this answers your question.Sorry if it was too detailed. The endodontist was the right person for me to see. My dentist missed it totally.