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About a month after having a root canal two teeth next to the tooth that had the root canal are starting to hurt after chewing. what is causing this.

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Torgue: If you are still missing a tooth, you may be putting too much strain on the adjacent ones leading to the pain. Another issue with a missing tooth is that the adjacent ones would shift (usually forwards) thus changing the dynamics. Contact your dentist if problem persists.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
More info needed...: Your age, the condition of the adjacent teeth, periodontal issues, your bite, stresses from a partial denture, etc, etc. See the dentist who treated you for a follow-up.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Sore teeth: Teeth may be shifting, especially if there any missing teeth. You may have a gum/bone issue, fractured tooth, hyperocclusion, etc. you will have to see your Dentist to find the cause.
Dr. Stephen Sandler
Dentistry 50 years experience
Possible grinding: It's difficult to answer without seeing your teeth, but there are two possible answers. A common cause for tooth sensitivity is clenching and/or grinding your teeth when you sleep. It can cause chipping or cracking of your teeth; however if the root canal you needed was due to cavities, it's possible that you have a similar problem with the other teeth due to a high cavity rate. See a dentist.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
51 years experience
Slight Movement: The most common problem is that these teeth have slightly moved and are in a different biting relationship to these teeth they are biting together on. The simple 1st step is for the Dentist to adjust the biting relationship of these teeth. Your Dentist needs to see you to make this adjustment and to evaluate the area.

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