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Posted by: 3greatcats  (7 years ago)
I lost a filling and when I went to get replaced, the took X-rays. The tooth in front the 'filling' tooth needed a root canal (never had any pain or signs, but was on prednisone for 3 months). So I had the root canal, then went back and had a post put in with fillings on root canal tooth and original problem tooth. 1 week later had a cleaning done. 1 week after that lost a part of another tooth on opposite side. So I started using root canal side to chew on all the time and I eat things like nuts every day. 3 weeks from the root canal finishing, I noticed a slight pain and swelling in my upper gum. Went last week to dentist to check on broken tooth and told them about swelling, they said sometimes weeks the area around root canals can still be sensitive and swelling should go away. A week later and I still have minor swelling, minor pain, easy to live with but makes me a little concerned. Should I be?
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I lost a filling and when I went to get replaced, the took X-rays. The tooth in front the 'filling' tooth needed a root canal (never had any pain or signs, but was on prednisone for 3 months). So I had the root canal, then went back and had a post put in with fillings on root canal tooth and original problem tooth. 1 week later had a cleaning done. 1 week after that lost a part of another tooth on opposite side. So I started using root canal side to chew on all the time and I eat things like nuts every day. 3 weeks from the root canal finishing, I noticed a slight pain and swelling in my upper gum. Went last week to dentist to check on broken tooth and told them about swelling, they said sometimes weeks the area around root canals can still be sensitive and swelling should go away. A week later and I still have minor swelling, minor pain, easy to live with but makes me a little concerned. Should I be?

Yep. Could be a root fracture, or it could be a missed canal. That is why I typically wait about a month after doing a root canal before doing a post and crown, to make sure the root canal is successful. It is a heartbreaker restoring a tooth and then discovering a root canal is not successful.
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: 3greatcats  (7 years ago)
Post and filling for root canal was put in to finish off root canal, then a week later I had full mouth X-rays (during a scheduled cleaning) and week after the full mouth X-rays and cleaning this started. There is little or no swelling now, just a little pain. It doesn't hurt to eat on that side. Couldn't the pain be healing in the upper gum, or possibly something that got stuck under my gum like popcorn or nuts? Gotta ask.
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Yeah you should be concerned because root canal operation is very delicate operation. You can contact Dr. Vu Le and ask your doubt on his website http://simpletooth.com/ .
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Posted 7 years ago
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Post and filling for root canal was put in to finish off root canal, then a week later I had full mouth X-rays (during a scheduled cleaning) and week after the full mouth X-rays and cleaning this started. There is little or no swelling now, just a little pain. It doesn't hurt to eat on that side. Couldn't the pain be healing in the upper gum, or possibly something that got stuck under my gum like popcorn or nuts? Gotta ask.

Again, I think the restoration of the tooth (which is SEPARATE from the root canal) was rushed a little bit. It will probably heal all right with time. I cannot comment further because I haven't seen a copy of the final fill x-ray for the root canal. Diagnoses of these sorts of things are tricky. Root canals only have about a 5% failure rate.
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: 3greatcats  (7 years ago)
Thanks for your help. Today I have no swelling for sure and very very little pain, barely noticable. It could possibly be gone by tomorrow. But if it was a bad root or an abscess on another tooth, would the pain go away? And would there be other symptoms? I had an abscess 25 years ago and the pain was unbearable.
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