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My mom has diabetes went to dentist for treatment of infection so they did root canal on molars in lower jaw, suffering with headache cannot sleep?

My mom has diabetes went to dentist for treatment of infection so they did root canal on molars in lower jaw, suffering with headache cannot sleep?

Mom's headaches: May or may not be related to her recent dental care. Without a full medical history it is hard to determine what other factors may be playing a role. Have her dentist reevaluate those teeth, and if all is fine, have her see her physician.

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Will root canal affect or cause any problem on nearby tooth?

Will root canal affect or cause any problem on nearby tooth?

No, it will not.: If done properly a root canal will have no adverse effect on neighboring teeth. However, it you need a root canal and do not get it done, the resulting infection could damage neighboring teeth. Bottom line - if you need it get the root canal done.

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Is root canal safe? Will it cause any health problems? Any tips on how to find the right dentist to do the job?

Is root canal safe? Will it cause any health problems? Any tips on how to find the right dentist to do the job?

Very Safe: The procedure should not cause you any health problems, Many general dentist perform root canal therapy, but if you feel more comfortable seeing a specialist, seek the care of an endodontist.

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If a root canal is performed & the filling that was placed to fill the drill spot isn't fully filled, can that cause problems?

If a root canal is performed & the filling that was placed to fill the drill spot isn't fully filled, can that cause problems?

Possibly: You may feel a tiny depression with your tongue. That does not mean it is not filled correctly. Is this a temporary filling or the final filling? Any questions regarding the integrity of the restoration should be addressed to the dentist who placed it.

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Drinking alcohol after root canal therapy causes pain or problem in my tooth?

Drinking alcohol after root canal therapy causes pain or problem in my tooth?

Is this? Or answer: If you are drinking alcohol after root canal treatment and are taking any pain meds you should NOT be drinking alcohol because it may accentuate the effects of the pain pills. If dr had to drain or treat any bubble you may have had on the side of your gums it could sting. So there is usually no pain or problem to the tooth itself from having a drink

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How can you tell if there is a problem if you had root canal?

Pain pain pain pain: Pain pain pain and possibly fever, nasty taste in your throat from swallowing pus, .

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Is it uncommon to develop chronic sinusitis problems after a root canal?

Is it uncommon to develop chronic sinusitis problems after a root canal?

RCT/sinusitis?: Yes it is uncommon but can and does happen. Should be evaluated by both an Endodontist and ENT specialist.

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Cold test on tooth, recently filled, hurt a lot, but nothing else indicates a problem. Do I need a root canal, or could it be something else?

Cold test on tooth, recently filled, hurt a lot, but nothing else indicates a problem. Do I need a root canal, or could it be something else?

Healing: Especially if cavity was deep, may take considerable time to become comfortable. Cold sensitivity better than hot. Discuss this w your Dentist who knows you better than we do. Root canal treatment is an option, but may not be necessary. Give it time.

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I started root canal a year ago but haven't completed it yet what precaution can I take to avoid disease at present. It isn't causing me any problem?

I started root canal a year ago but haven't completed it yet what precaution can I take to avoid disease at present. It isn't causing me any problem?

Wait and watch: An root canal should be finished in close proximity to the time that it was started. Leaving it half completed is like waiting for the time bomb to go off. Since the nerve is no longer present, chances are the pain is less, but the source of the original infection is probably still present. See your dentist asap.

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I am having problems with my front tooth/root canal, what can I do?

I am having problems with my front tooth/root canal, what can I do?

Go back: See your dentist and have it re evaluated. If done recently it may be hitting heavy on your tooth causing you the discomfort. If it's been awhile the tooth could be cracked. Any diagnosis needs an evaluation and x-ray.

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I had a root canal a few weeks ago and am scheduled for my crown or permanent filling tomorrow. I have a flight tomorrow evening. Is this a problem?

I had a root canal a few weeks ago and am scheduled for my crown or permanent filling tomorrow. I have a flight tomorrow evening. Is this a problem?

Shouldn't Be Problem: Since the root canal treatment removed the nerve & especially infection, there is little left to cause issue. You will probably leave with a temp crown so avoid sticky foods until final crown is delivered (usually 2-3 weeks). Be sure to tell your dentist first though and they might give you Magic Mouthwash to rinse with since the gum can be irritated after the crown prep is complete.

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Advice on a puzzling tooth root canal infection problem?

Advice on a puzzling tooth root canal infection problem?

Not sure...: I am not sure I understand your question. If there is an infection problem associated with a root canal procedure you had done I would call the dentist who performed the procedure to have it managed. If you have an infection and have not pursued care for it then I would call your dentist. A personal visual exam would provide you the best information for how to progress from here....

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What kind of tooth problems would require root canal therapy?

Depends: Injuries to the tooth that involve the pulp (nerve) require root canal treatment. This could include deep cavities, broken teeth, gum infections that travel under the tooth to the pulp. There are even times when prosthetic treatment can dictate the need for an intentional root canal treatment.

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Root canal problems! Please help! Any suggestions?

Root canal problems! Please help! Any suggestions?

See an endodontist: Without any specifics, the best suggestion I can make is to see a specialist who just does root canal - an endodontist. You may even want to consider going to one of the dental schools in Texas and have the professors who teach endodontics, evaluate your problems. Good luck!

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If root canal not fixing the problem, what are the alternatives?

If root canal not fixing the problem, what are the alternatives?

RCT failures: 1. Rct retreatment- especially when the tooth is otherwise healthy & the rct filling (s) appear less than ideal on x-rays. 2. Apicoectomy-especially when the tooth is otherwise healthy, and an infection or cyst present. 3. Extraction-when the tooth has poor bone support, periodontal disease, fragile, lacks adequate healthy tooth structure, calcified canals, short roots, root or crown fracture, etc.

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I had root canal 2 years ago, 3 dentists looked at Xray and say it's fine. Problem is when it touches food etc it is so painful, what should I do?

I had root canal 2 years ago, 3 dentists looked at Xray and say it's fine. Problem is when it touches food etc it is so painful, what should I do?

Endodontist: Find an Endodontist who has a CBCT unit to further evaluate the tooth and bone. This is a CT scan unit. With it we can often see things not visible clinically or with traditional x-ray imaging. Often there is a crack that does not (yet) show up. See Prosthodontist for tx options should you decide to have the tooth extracted. Get clinical exam. Good Luck.

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Had root canal done (#7) 5days ago. No problem or pain till now. Sharp pain when I tap, apply pressure or accidently touches another tooth. Is this no?

Had root canal done (#7) 5days ago. No problem or pain till now. Sharp pain when I tap, apply pressure or accidently touches another tooth. Is this no?

Reevaluation: You may have residual infection if auxiliary canals were not fully obliterated. You may have fracture of the tooth. Return to your treating Dentist or specialist Endodontists for reevaluation.

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What can I do about this problem with tooth after root canal treatment?

What can I do about this problem with tooth after root canal treatment?

Go back to dentist: While your question was very vague, the answer is easy. If you are still having a problem with a tooth after having a root canal go back to the dentist. If you no longer have confidence in your original dentist than get a second opinion.

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Root canal or tooth extraction and health. What are chronic problems associated with root canals or tooth extractions?

Usually none.: Usually no chronic problems are associated with root canal therapy. However, if you extract a tooth & do not replace it, then you may have drifting, shifting, and malocclusion of your other teeth. This could be considered a chronic complication of unreplaced extracted teeth. If root canals are done properly and subsequently restored, chronic conditions are not normally found. Take care...

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