Endodontist Malpractice: Negligent Root Canals

Medical Malpractice Mistakes

A root canal is a treatment that is used to repair and save a tooth that has become badly decayed or infected.  Once the nerve of a tooth has become infected or the pulp has become damaged, a root canal may be necessary.  During the procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed.  Then the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.  Endodontists are specially trained to treat a tooth whose nerve has been exposed due to decay or has been injured because of an injury and are in need of a root canal.  The tasks Endodontists performs when performing a root canal take several steps.

  1. Using an instrument called a “barb” or “reamer,” the nerve tissue within the canal of each tooth is removed.
  2. Using a series of successively sized files, the canal is shaped so that it is smooth and continuous and so that it can be filled without any voids.
  3. Using a bleach-like substance known as sodium hypochlorite, the dentist sterilizes the canal.
  4. The last step is to fill and seal the canals with gutta-percha.

If several aspects of Endodontic treatment are not performed correctly or completely they can result in a failed root canal.

  1. If all nerve material is not removed or canals are not properly sterilized before filling, bacteria will be permitted to flourish and an infection will develop.
  2. If too much force is used when injecting the bleaching agent, it can enter the nerve canal at the end of the tooth, resulting in permanent injury to the nerve.
  3. If the filling material, gutta-percha, is placed beyond the apex or tip of the tooth, the main nerve trunk could be injured.

If you or a loved one has experienced nerve damage and chronic pain as the result of negligent root canal, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to evaluate your case.

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