My wife fractured two bottom teeth and was treated by an emergency dentist. Since then, one of the neighboring teeth started to discolor. There was no pain so we didn’t see an emergency dentist, and our general dentist didn’t recommend treatment. However, two months later, she experienced severe pain. She was given an emergency root canal and an antibiotic. The pain didn’t go away.
Since then, an additional root canal and removing a filling did nothing. We got a second opinion from an oral surgeon, who suggested different antibiotics for a few days. My wife has been in pain for months without relief, and I hate seeing her suffer.
What is our next step? Did our dentist make a mistake? Can this tooth be saved?
Jordan, from Houston, Texas
Your dentist should have done a root canal when the tooth first discolored. It would have been easy to clear out the infection and prevent a flare-up. The good news is, your tooth can still be saved.
A few days of antibiotics would not be enough to clear out the infection. If the root was sealed, there would not be any place for the infection to drain out, which can lead to a flare-up.
Your next step should be to see an endodontist, who specializes in root canals. Bring any X-rays you have, or your endodontist may want to take some more to see what is really going on under the surface. Another course of the best antibiotics for an infection, such as clindamycin, will make a lot of difference. If you experience severe pain again, you should go to another emergency dentist.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs emergency dentist, Dr. Joseph Rota, of Rota Advanced Dental Care.