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Root Canals Ask The Endodontist Edward Leventhal Question:
I had a root canal procedure a year ago on a front tooth.

Afterwards the tooth was tender on touch and there was a painful bump at the top of the gum of the treatment area. Now the tooth is getting dark.

Please explain why this is happening if you can, and what to do This front tooth looks ugly. Thank you ...Visitor from MD

Answer:
If the tooth is still tender and there is still a painful bump, the root canal must be redone.

If the bump burst and there is a tract at the gum area of your tooth, the root canal therapy must be redone. If all resolved in a healthy comfortable manner, the tooth needs a post and core, and a porcelain/gold or all porcelain crown.

Post root canal teeth typically get dark and brittle, thus the need for a post and core and crown to match the color and shape of your other front teeth.

If the infection above the tooth cannot be resolved with a standard root canal, a surgical procedure might be necessary.

Usually the root canal would be redone at no additional charge, but for a surgical root canal there is an additional charge and for the post and core and crown there is an additional charge.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300

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