Hello, Had a root canal (abscess) about 5 years ago on my upper molar (#14, I think). This tooth had previously been crowned. In short, the dentist's file broke off in my tooth (pretty far into the procedure) and he was unable to retrieve it. He reattached the crown and informed me that I may or may not have future problems. It never felt completely 100% normal, but wasn't painful...until today! Now it is sending me into orbit! I cringe at the thought of losing any teeth. Is the only way to get rid of this infection to pull this tooth? What will my options be? Could the solution be as simple as an antibiotic prescription?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 31 - March - 2014, at 20:06 PM

  • In your case it is difficult to do re-root canal treatment. However you can consult an endodontist who may be able to retrieve the broken file from tooth. Otherwise you have to get the tooth pulled out and go for implant. The antibiotics will give you temporary relief but if the treatment is not done and infection is not drained then the recurrence will be there. So it is better to go for treatment. Either get re-root canal treatment if possible or get the tooth pulled out. for more info on re-root canal treatment, you can check the following link in our website.... http://www.identalhub.com/article_root-canal-re-treatment-304.aspx

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