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A 46-year-old member asked:

what can i do about pain 1 week after a root canal?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Call your dentist: And let them know what is going on. They know the facts of your root canal treatment so they are int he best position to answer your question.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
See the dentist: This can happen. But see your dentist to discuss your concerns.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What medications can help alleviate the pain of a root canal?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Walid Osta
Pain Management 19 years experience
Tooth pain: Usually a short course of a mild opioid such as tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine #2 or #3 for few days.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long after root canal should pain continue?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Few days....: There generally is pain after the local anesthetic wears off; the dentist should explain and warn about that depending how invasive the procedure is, whether he had to clear out infection, or abscess at the root. He should also give you a script for pain medication appropriate to the procedure, and appropriate to his knowledge of your pain threshold and ability to handle pain. Call, get advice.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Why would I have pain weeks after my root canal?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 41 years experience
Occlusion: I would have the occlusion checked. This is the way the tooth hits on the opposing tooth. This can keep a root canal tooth sore. Also, make sure there is no more infection around the tooth. Check adjacent teeth for problems. Sometimes these teeth are in trouble and can refer pain to a different area. Another consideration is that root canal teeth can be sensitive for longer than normal.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How painful is it to get a root canal?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Dentistry 49 years experience
Not painful: Root canals can be painful if it is a hot tooth. This means that the tooth is badly infected and local novocaine will not work well.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Will there be lingering pain after having a root canal?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Stiles
Dentistry 16 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes yes, often no. This really depends on the tooth being treated and the individual.

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Last updated Nov 26, 2012

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