After seeing my dentist for a broken crown, she took an x-ray of the tooth and said it was infected. My dentist referred me to an endodontist for the root canal. Months after the root canal, I felt referred pain in the tooth in front of the root canal tooth. I reported the issue to my dentist during my next cleaning appointment. An x-ray showed the tooth was still infected.
I called the endodontist, and she prescribed penicillin. I’ve had a series of family health issues and could not return to the endodontist as life would have it. Two months ago, an oral surgeon extracted the tooth. Still, I have jaw pain below the area of the tooth extraction. I was planning to get a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth, but I am concerned that something is not healing correctly.
I do not trust my dentist’s opinion. Could I still have an infection? And why is it lingering? – Thank you. Juliana from NM
Unfortunately, you could not return to the endodontist to save your tooth. Still, you are wise to pursue getting a dental implant. An implant will preserve your jawbone in the space and prevent other teeth from shifting, disturbing your bite, and creating orthodontic issues.
Although it is rare to have a lingering bone infection after tooth extraction, it can occur. If you have an infection, a potent antibiotic can get rid of it. We recommend that you return to the oral surgeon for an examination.
Also, a post-operative infection can result from an antibiotic-resistant infection. So, you would not want to retake penicillin to get rid of the infection. Ask the oral surgeon to try different antibiotics to help you progressively heal.
Dr. Steven Brookser, a Fellow of implant dentistry in Baton Rouge, sponsors this post.