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why does my tooth still hurt after root canal? can i take any painkillers for this?

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Dr. Kevin Owoc
19 years experience Prosthodontics
Instrumentation: Oftentimes, even thought the nerve of the tooth is removed, there may be some discomfort present. This is likely do to the fact that during the procedure, the surrounded tissues (tooth ligament and nerve innervation) have been irritated. This will go away in most cases. Otc pain medicine is fine for this.
Answered on Aug 24, 2013
Dr. Stephen Gordon
43 years experience Dentistry
Depends, how long?: Pain a day or few after may be normal. If the tooth had a significant infection prior to performing the root canal, this may lead to pain. Talk to the dentist who performed the procedure and they may want to re-examine the tooth and determine which pain reliever would be most appropriate.
Answered on Sep 5, 2013

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