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Tooth hurts 2 months after root canal treatment

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Posted by: LauraM  (9 years ago)

Hello all!

I had a root canal done on a fractured large bottom molar. After the procedure, a crown was fitted in. Two months later, it started hurting. The dentist said the nerve was dead so it should not be hurting and that it must be the tooth in front of it, which was hurting. This tooth does not indicate any problem. I went to a root canal specialist for a second opinion and he could not see anything wrong either. The pain was terrible; just sucking in air hurts. Does anyone have similar situation? Can the dentist take the crown off to see if it was mush or not? The tooth beside it does not give me any problem and the dentist cannot tell for sure if it was causing the pain so I don’t want to mess with it. I can feel that the pain comes from the root canaled molar. Any thoughts? Please help! Thanks.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello. Your sensitivity may be due to having minor accessory canals in the molar that continue to transmit signals to your brain of the sustained trauma. You may consult with a RCT specialist to see whether they can pinpoint a reason as to why your molar is so symptomatic.

You might also have open margins that can transmit nerve signals.
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Hello all!

I had a root canal done on a fractured large bottom molar. After the procedure, a crown was fitted in. Two months later, it started hurting. The dentist said the nerve was dead so it should not be hurting and that it must be the tooth in front of it, which was hurting. This tooth does not indicate any problem. I went to a root canal specialist for a second opinion and he could not see anything wrong either. The pain was terrible; just sucking in air hurts. Does anyone have similar situation? Can the dentist take the crown off to see if it was mush or not? The tooth beside it does not give me any problem and the dentist cannot tell for sure if it was causing the pain so I don’t want to mess with it. I can feel that the pain comes from the root canaled molar. Any thoughts? Please help! Thanks.


Your symptoms indicate a nerve is alive and inflamed, not dead. Did you mean to say a root canal had been done on your crowned tooth? If not, that is probably the nerve that is inflamed. Diagnosis is difficult sometimes.

In the future, consider more conservative partial gold crowns on back teeth. They are not so irritating to the nerves of teeth.
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