Possible Failing Treatment

Possible failing dental work

Although every care is taken to ensure the successful outcome of a procedure, there may be occasions where it fails. This can be for a number of reasons and can vary with each procedure and these are explained in more detail below.

Post and Core Crown Failure

Whilst most post and crown procedures are entirely successful, studies have shown that those which are placed into a post root canal treatment tooth are more likely to fail than those placed into natural ‘live’ teeth. Other possible causes have been identified as the result of gum disease, cement failure and fracture of the post. Whilst these are very uncommon, they can occur although everything will be done to avoid this happening.

Root Canal Treatment Infection

Although every care is taken to ensure that all infections have been removed from a prepared root canal prior to it being filled, in certain cases, these can re-occur. Often, a further treatment of antibiotics may save the tooth but this is not always possible and it may be necessary in a small number of cases to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or partial denture. These cases usually occur when the integrity of the remaining tooth is not especially strong.

Teeth Movement After Extraction

After a tooth has been removed, it will inevitably leave a gap. Because the tooth is no longer present to support the adjoining teeth, they will have the tendency to move towards the space created, causing the teeth to become crooked. The best way to prevent this happening is to replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant to prevent this happening.

Maryland Bridges Failure

Because a Maryland Bridge requires minimal preparation of adjoining teeth, this does make it slightly more susceptible to failure. The failure is usually caused by the contamination of the cement with the patient’s saliva. This causes the bonding to be weakened. This is easily rectified though with further re-bonding. Poor oral care is also a significant factor in many failures, the main one being that of gum disease of the teeth that the bridge is attached to.

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