I am concerned about a root canal issue that is delaying my Invisalign treatment. Last November, my dentist filled a small cavity. But the tooth became sensitive to cold on and off. My dentist said I needed a root canal and a crown. He completed treatment, but my dentist had problems getting the bite correct. I was beginning to get jaw pain and earaches. The tooth settled down a bit but was still a little sensitive. Within the past two weeks, the sensitivity increased. When I went to the dentist last week, he said he might need to repeat the root canal. But I am six months pregnant now. And I am a little frustrated because this ordeal is delaying when I can start Invisalign. How do I know if I need repeat root canal treatment? – Lashelle from Kansas
Thank you for contacting our office.
Although Dr. Burba would need to examine your tooth and crown, we are concerned about your dentist. It is unusual for a small cavity to end up with an infection and root canal treatment. And your dentist has been unable to resolve tooth sensitivity completely.
From Small Cavity to Root Canal Treatment?
When a dentist tells you that they filled a small cavity, but the tooth soon needs root canal treatment, the dentist’s diagnosis was incorrect. The cavity must have been large, or your dentist missed signs of infection.
Tooth Sensitivity After a Filling and Crown
A tooth infection may be causing the sensitivity. But your dentist may have made a mistake while placing the filling or during your root canal treatment.
Dental X-rays During Pregnancy
We understand your concerns about exposing your baby to x-ray radiation or chemicals during pregnancy. But dental x-rays emit low radiation. So, you can review the American Dental Association’s recommendations about dental care during pregnancy. But if you have a tooth infection, it can potentially spread into your bloodstream and become more serious.
If you are skeptical about your dentist’s care, we recommend finding an advanced cosmetic dentist. The dentist will examine your tooth to identify the cause of sensitivity and your jaw pain and earaches. The dentist will also determine if you have a tooth infection and need repeat root canal treatment. Although the process is delaying your Invisalign treatment, it is best to resolve it now than have the issue recur or worsen during orthodontic care.
Best wishes for a quick resolution.
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