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Root canal re-treatment with a permanent crown

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Posted by: ineedTLC  (10 years ago)
Hi there!

I had a tooth on the upper left side that hurt a lot. Two weeks ago, I had a root canal done on this tooth and the dentist cemented the permanent crown even if the tooth was still hurting. He said the pain was just caused by the recent work done and that it will settle within a few days. Well it didn’t. In fact, the pain became worse after a few days. The antibiotics and painkillers would only give temporary relief. Does this mean the root canal failed? If so, how will a root canal re-treatment be done without compromising the crown? I am really worried. I hope someone will shed light on me about this. Thanks.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (10 years ago)
Hey ineedTLC,

Placing a permanent crown even before the pain was resolved? Now, that is a shoddy piece of work. I thought that is why temporary crowns were used for, among other things. If the pain does extend after 1-2 days after the completion of your root canal treatment, then this has to be something else. I'm guessing either your root canals weren't filled and treated properly or the infection ended up beyond the root (periapically).

If you were diagnosed with a peri-apical abscess, you must likely would have to drain it out. Otherwise, a root canal re-treatment could be usually carried out with the crown in place. In either case, I hope you consult an endodontist as soon as you can. Be well!