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Trismus associated with root canal

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Posted by: triciajane  (7 years ago)
Approximately 20 years ago I had a root canal performed on #30 and the tooth was crowned with procelain. Last year that crown came off when I ate taffy. Because I was uninsured at the time and was having no pain I failed to have the crown put back on. Of course, that tooth didn't stand a chance being exposed and 3 weeks ago I bit into something hard and a piece of the tooth broke off. This did not cause any pain but now I am insured and immediately sought help from an endodontist. A root canal was performed on a Thursday and a follow-up one week later. I now have Trismus and am in constant pain in my jaw. I can barely open my mouth making eating and brushing my teeth difficult. The endodontist is confident that this will all heal in time. My concern is that because this pain is so intense that I may have some infection. I have taken 2 prescriptions of antibiotics. The pain is worse after I eat and brush my teeth. Should I still be this much pain after 3 weeks? I have a prescription for pain medication, but nothing eases the pain. Thank you for any advice.
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After the first complaint to the endodontist, have you complained again? i think you should let him know that the pain has been for 3 weeks
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: triciajane  (7 years ago)
I am now on a different antibiotic for 7 days, Amox-Clav. Started taking 2 days ago, no change in the pain I'm having though. It was suggested that I do jaw exercises - this only seems to intensify the pain.
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