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Root Canal + Crown and headaches

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Posted by: WendyO  (7 years ago)
My husband had a toothache for about a year that he had not treated since the pain was not always constant. One day the pain became unbearable and when to the dentist where the dentist recommended a root canal and a crown. He had the root canal done but took about 6 months to get the crown. He still suffers of constant headaches radiating from the tooth. He went to the dentist and he told him he still had the infection the dentist gave him antibiotics but from time to time my husband still gets the headache. What could this be and what is your recommendation. Thank you so much for your help since we are scare this can create a problem in the future.
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My husband had a toothache for about a year that he had not treated since the pain was not always constant. One day the pain became unbearable and when to the dentist where the dentist recommended a root canal and a crown. He had the root canal done but took about 6 months to get the crown. He still suffers of constant headaches radiating from the tooth. He went to the dentist and he told him he still had the infection the dentist gave him antibiotics but from time to time my husband still gets the headache. What could this be and what is your recommendation. Thank you so much for your help since we are scare this can create a problem in the future.

When patients wait for a long time to treat a dental abscess, which is what you husband probably had, it is difficult to eliminate all the bacteria from inside the tooth. It could be that the root canal is failing because of this. If nothing shows on conventional x-ray, it might be a good idea to take a dental CAT scan. Often these can show probblems like unfilled roots.

An abnormally high white blood cell count will confirm that a root infection is the cause of the problem.

Other possibilities include a root fracture, or bite prematurities on this crown when your husband moves his jaw. Yet another possibility is that your husband is grinding his teeth, and made masseter and/or temporaris muscles sore.
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