“Blog submitted by Dane Levy Attorney of www.Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractise in California”
Root canal surgeries are quite delicate procedures that would be requiring tremendous care and concentration on the part of the dental surgeon. During a root canal treatment, the pulp-filled cavity located at the root of teeth is removed from the jaw of the patient. This particular zone of the mouth tends to be prone to infections and inflammations. This procedures allows the surgeon to disinfect and clean up this area. The cavity that is left after the root canal is removed is then filled using a special mixture and the tooth is put back in place. One of the most common mistakes taking place during this procedure is a root canal overfill. This can have various adverse effects on the health of the patient.
An overfill implies that too much of the chemical component used in the filling is in contact with the nerve of the jaw. These chemicals are quite powerful and overexposure to them might lead to chemical burns. Patients with overfilled tooth cavities will tend to experience constant pain in the jaw and a feeling of numbness. In some cases, the filling paste used by the surgeon might contain paraformaldehyde which is not FDA approved. These types of chemicals can lead to a mummification of the sensory system found in the jaw.
A prompt decompression is generally needed within 48 hours of exposure to overfilled cavities in order to prevent any irreversible effects.
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