Written by: Dentalmal.com
Root canal surgeries are intricate procedures that require utmost care from the dental practitioner. Treatment of the root canal involves the removal of the pulp-filled cavity found at the root of the tooth. This part of the mouth can be prone to inflammations or infections and this procedure enables the cleaning and disinfecting of the inflicted parts. The cavity is then filled and sealed and the tooth restored with either a crown or filling. Errors such as overfilling during this procedure can be very detrimental to the health of patients in the long term. Indeed, patients could suffer from lifelong pain and permanent damage.
Root canal overfill results in the excess filling materials penetrating the main nerve found in the jaw and this leads to chemical burns. Symptoms of overfilling are persistent numbness and pain in the lip and chin area. Patients might also suffer from a numb tongue. Moreover, some root canal filling pastes used by certain surgeons are composed of paraformaldehyde and have not been approved by the FDA. The pastes can be the cause of “mummified” sensory nerves. In case of overfilling, a decompression surgery carried out within 48 hours can avoid permanent damages such as chemical toxicity and necrosis, which is the death of the sensory nerve.
Patients suffering from damages brought by a root canal overfill could seek the help of dental attorneys. These professionals would have insights on how to issue legal actions against the dental cabinet responsible for the malpractice.
Blog submitted by Dane Levy Attorney of www.Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California.