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Root canal after pain

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Posted by: essaB12  (2 years ago)

Hi there!

Two months ago, I had a root canal on a back molar, which was performed by a regular dentist. Four days later, I began having extreme pain on the tooth where the root canal treatment was done. I cannot chew anything at all. For the past two months, I only ate food, which does not require chewing. The dentist does not have any ideas what is causing the pain. The x-ray and the tests he did turned out fine. I am already on the second round of antibiotics but there was no improvement at all. What should I do? Does anyone have any ideas about my situation? Thank you!
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Posted by: Novocaine  (2 years ago)

Hi there!

Two months ago, I had a root canal on a back molar, which was performed by a regular dentist. Four days later, I began having extreme pain on the tooth where the root canal treatment was done. I cannot chew anything at all. For the past two months, I only ate food, which does not require chewing. The dentist does not have any ideas what is causing the pain. The x-ray and the tests he did turned out fine. I am already on the second round of antibiotics but there was no improvement at all. What should I do? Does anyone have any ideas about my situation? Thank you!


Hey essaB12,

Sorry to hear about the pain you must endure. Two months is a pretty long time and I'm surprised as to why you didn't get a second opinion already. Anyway, did tapping the affected tooth by your dentist elicit any pain? Also, is your dentist sure he didn't miss a canal?

Aside from that, if this is something that cannot be detected by an x-ray, I'm guessing this has something to do with your tooth/root being cracked (unless your pretty sure it isn't the crown/filling). Try the Q-tip test - Bite it with the affected tooth at different places and see if you can identify a spot. Keep us updated!
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Have you had the root canal finished? If not, that may be the problem.

If it is finished, the problem could be:

1. Missed 4th canal.
2. Short fill.
3. Overfill
4. Fracture
5. Unrelated periodontal infection.

Sooner or later a smoking gun will appear. Keep pestering the treating dentist.
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