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A 38-year-old member asked:

temporary filling fell out after root canal, what can i do?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Binder
Specializes in Dentistry
Get it fixed!: Root canal treatment must be followed up with a definitive restoration of the tooth. A leak into the root canal filling could cause a failure of the root canal treatment. Also, teeth that have had root canal treatment are more likely to break and must have a strong final restoration placed to help prevent this.
Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
See your dentist: In general a temp fill is placed after a root canal, it will last for a couple weeks. Meanwhile you should make arrangement to go back to the treating dentist to get a permanent restoration ( build up or post and crown etc...) you should not leave the tooth unprotected as the bacteria will seep back into the root canal and cause it to fail again.
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Temp filling: Some drug stores sell over the counter temporary fillings that you can try. Since the root canal seal is far below the surface of the tooth, there is little danger of infecting the tooth from the lost filling assuming you have an appointment in the near future to restore the tooth permanently.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Why do I feel discomfort after root canal therapy if the nerve is gone?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Phantom pain: When nerves are injured there is sometime a condition where there is "memory" and if the nerve is gone, the rest of the nervous system remembers the nerve and there is the sensation of pain. This is a complex and poorly understood conditon. It happens with loss of limb as well. It also could be inflammation in the root canal itself. Discuss with your dentist or endodontist.
Dr. Andrew Vendelis
Dentistry 54 years experience
Also, there is a membrane surrounding the root. This membrane very often becomes inflamed as a result of the infection and during the treatment. After the root canal is completed the bite is adjusted to relieve the pressure on the membrane and allow it to heal.
Oct 27, 2012
A 32-year-old member asked:

Do I have to stop taking Coumadin (warfarin) for a root canal?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Coumdin would increase your blood loss during procedure.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How do I stop root canal pain? Thought it was gone when canal finished?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 16 years experience
Patience: Often, a tooth will be tender/sore after having a root canal. This can last several days or more, especially if the tooth and tissues surrounding the tooth's root were in bad shape before the root canal. The root canal takes care of the cause of the problem, but the surrounding tissues still need time to heal. If it lasts more than a few days or so, see the treating dentist.
A 36-year-old member asked:

If an old root canaled tooth is extracted, does any dentistry material remain?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
EXTRACTION : Of old root canaled tooth will not leave any dental material in the gum.
New York, NY
A 23-year-old female asked:

I just began my root canal today but they filled it with medicine and a temporary filling and 2 return 1 week . But part just fell out what do I do ?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Temp Filling: We get these calls all the time. The temporary is a clay like material and the outer part tends to wear away or break off a bit... usually without consequence. Unless you have a really bad taste in your mouth from the medication or if a sharp edge of the tooth is cutting you, you should be fine until your next visit.

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