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Possible nerve damage

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Posted by: lou_lee  (8 years ago)
Dear Doc,

I had root canal on my bottom left first molar two months ago.Two weeks later, I got a crown. A few days after, I started having a lot of pain in my left ear. I feel pressure in between my ear and my
jaw. There is a slight burning on the left side of my face. The dentist thought it was an infection
and he prescribed antibiotics which I will finish in two weeks. It's my 5th day with the antibiotics
but nothing has changed. I can still feel the pain, tention, tightness and slight burning. Is it
possible that my nerve was damaged? How will the dentist find this out?

Thanks a lot for your answers!
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Hello lou_lee!

It sounds to me like the root canal treatment was not successful. You could have an infection in your root tip, in the bone – a so called apical periodontitis; this explains the jaw pain shooting up to the ears.

The symptoms should subside eventually, however you should have the root canal treatment redone. Ideally you should find an endodontic specialist and go in for a diagnosis; the antibiotics will only help your symptoms and prevent infection in the short term, you need to treat the source of the problem!

All the best!
Liebe Grüße JB
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: lou_lee  (8 years ago)
Thanks for your response! I'll try the "Find a Dentist" feature from this site.