Temporary Filling of Root Canal Came Out. in Pain What to Do?

Had root can al done 2 years ago. Couldnt afford crown at time bc of no insurance.Temporary filling came out 7 months ago..rest of tooth broke off to gum line. Now in pain and swollen. What do i need to do?

Doctor Answers 5

Broken Tooth

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You need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Pain and swelling indicate you have an infection. Infections can be serious and people do die from dental infections. The options are extraction or possibly retreating the root canal. The only way to find out what can be done is to be examined by a dentist.

Cleveland Dentist

Swelling and pain on broken tooth

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It sounds like an infection has developed in the area. If the tooth is still able to be saved it will probably need a retreatment of the root canal. Go back to your dentist to see what options you still have.

Neil Elman, DDS
Mississauga Dentist

Temporary out on root canal?

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From the explanation you may need an extraction. The leading cause of failed root canals are not completing the crown and build up after the root canal is completed, then the tooth breaks down. Good luck


Kevin Coughlin DMD, MBA, MAGD      CEO Baystate Dental PC

Kevin Coughlin, DMD
Springfield Dentist

Temporary Filling of Root Canal Came Out

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The pain is due to the fact that the tooth became reinfected.  If your dentist feels that there is enough of a root left to be restored, then the root canal will have to be redone.  Otherwise, an extraction is in order.

Murray Bruckel, DDS
Norwalk Dentist

Broken Root Canal Tooth Requires ASAP Attention

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Since the tooth has broken off at the gumline, you may be at risk of losing the tooth altogether because there may not be enough tooth surface left to build a crown on top of.  With pain and swelling, you should get to a dentist sooner rather than later.  You have an open access for bacteria to enter your blood stream, and this can be quite dangerous.  Even if money is an issue, this is something that cannot be ignored.  Consequences could be severe.

James A. Moreau, Jr., DDS
Mandeville Dentist

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