When ever we complete root canal fillings on teeth showing extensive areas of infection (dental abscess) it is important that we take review radiographs (x-rays) to check that the site of infection is healing. On dental radiographs the area of infection shows up as a dark shadow around the tip of the root and when the root filling has allowed healing to take place we see the area of the dark shadow shrink, as the body lays new bone down in the region; a sure sign that healing is taking place. This type of healing is a slow process and it can take up to 4 years to complete although the tooth will be completely firm and comfortable throughout this time. With this in mind however it is important that we review the treated teeth periodically throughout this time and make sure that we give the site long enough to heal before making judgements about whether the root filling has worked or not. (Obviously if we see the area increasing in size or the tooth becomes symptomatic again then clearly we can tell that the treatment has not worked- fortunately a rare event).
This case was show back in March 2013 and a review radiograph from last year showed excellent initial healing which was very rewarding given the complexity of the case (three teeth damaged through trauma with two of them showing signs of internal root resorption, which appears to have halted).
If you are concerned about teeth that may have been damaged in an injury or are suffering with dental infection then please do not hesitate to call the surgery on 01580 752202 or email reception directly on email@example.com and we will be happy to help you.