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Extreme Pain After Root Canal

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Posted by: CharChar  (9 years ago)
Dear Doctor,

I got a cavity on my second molar on the lower left side filled about two months ago. After getting the filling, the tooth was extremely painful. The dentist said it would get better in a few days. After two weeks, I went back to the dentist because the pain was killing me. He said I would need a root canal and a crown. I agreed and they did the procedure. The numbing medication didn’t seem to work completely. I felt the entire procedure. It was very painful.

Two days after the procedure, the pain was terrible. The painkiller would only give me temporary relief. Until now, two months after the initial treatment of the cavity, the pain is still here. Is this a sign of failed root canal? The dentist said it would get better in a few days. I feel like the pain is getting worse each day. Can I go back to the dentist and have the tooth pulled? Please help! The pain is killing me. Thank you.
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Dear Doctor,

I got a cavity on my second molar on the lower left side filled about two months ago. After getting the filling, the tooth was extremely painful. The dentist said it would get better in a few days. After two weeks, I went back to the dentist because the pain was killing me. He said I would need a root canal and a crown. I agreed and they did the procedure. The numbing medication didn’t seem to work completely. I felt the entire procedure. It was very painful.

Two days after the procedure, the pain was terrible. The painkiller would only give me temporary relief. Until now, two months after the initial treatment of the cavity, the pain is still here. Is this a sign of failed root canal? The dentist said it would get better in a few days. I feel like the pain is getting worse each day. Can I go back to the dentist and have the tooth pulled? Please help! The pain is killing me. Thank you.


Pain that long after the root canal is finished is very unusual, unless there was a complication like a severe overfill. Please do not let anyone do a crown until the pain is resolved. As a last resort in severe inflammatory cases, I sometimes use a Medrol dose pack. (Rx drug.) Have the dentist who did the root canal re-evaluate it.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 9 years ago
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