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A 38-year-old female asked:

i had a root canal yesterday with min anaesthetic. immediately after the tooth next to it started to have a dull and constant pain. what could it be?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Referred pain: It may be referred pain from the tooth being worked on. Speak to your dentist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Referred pain, or.: Pain could be referred from root canal tooth. Wrong tooth could have been treated. Both teeth can be diseases. Best bet is to call dentist who did root canal for assessment.
Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 44 years experience
Referred Pain: Regional post operative pain may be from a number of factors. First and foremost is to confirm the original diagnosis and be sure the adjacent tooth wasn't part of the original pain. If the tooth tests normal I would expect that the inflammation from the original problem and its treatment is causing the generalized dull constant pain. Referred pain of this nature is common. Consult with your DDS
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Very common: heterotopic toothache. Pain from one tooth after the root canal therapy may be referred to another tooth.

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Last updated Jan 12, 2018

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