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I have severe pain after root canal/crown, how normal is this?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
It is normal: During the root canal therapy and crown preparation a lot of collateral tissue (gums, nerves, muscles) damage is done. The pain is a symptom of the affected tissue inflammation. Over the counter medications (aleeve, advil) for a few days will ameliorate the pain their anti-inflammatory effect. If concerned? Call your dentist for post-op exploration.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Duration?: Pain should markedly decrease within a day or two or the procedure. Not all root canals are successful. See DDS ASAP if pain persists longer.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Re-evaluate: Both root canal treatment and crown preparation are surgical procedures. Healing interval required. If pain not diminishing after 48 hours return to Dentist for reevaluation. May be anything from a crown that needs a minuscule occlusal adjustment, to a root canal that requires revision by an Endodontist. Don't hesitate to call your Dentist.

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