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Jaw Pain (Definition)

Jaw pain is pain in the upper and lower jaws including the tmj. There are many causes of jaw pain and your dentist usually ...Read more


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Why does my jaw hurt sooooooooo much after a root canal treatment?

Why does my jaw hurt sooooooooo much after a root canal treatment?

May be usual, but...: There generally is pain after the local anesthetic wears off; the dentist should explain and warn about that depending how invasive the procedure is, whether he had to clear out infection, or abscess at the root. He should also give you a script for pain medication appropriate to the procedure, and appropriate to his knowledge of your pain threshold and ability to handle pain. Call, get advice. ...Read more

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Had a root canal treatment a month ago and the radiating sharp pain in the jaw has still not gone away.. I was told that its because of white filling?

Had a root canal treatment a month ago and the radiating sharp pain in the jaw has still not gone away.. I was told  that its because of white filling?

RCT tooth pain: Possible causes of what you describe: failed rct, incomplete rct, missed rct canal, fracture in root, occlusal trauma from filling, pain from adjacent or opposing tooth, periodontal problem, non-dental issue, etc. A cbct (3d image) of tooth and an endodontic consult might be in order to diagnose the cause of your pain. You were told it was filling-then adjustment would have resolved it! ...Read more

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Right below my left ear I have some swelling. It pains when I touch that area or move my neck. One month back I had root canal treatment in right jaw?

Right below my left ear I have some swelling. It pains when I touch that area or move my neck.  One month back I had root canal treatment in right jaw?

HMMM?: It is tough to diagnose this over the computer but a guess, with your recent surgery, would be you may have some infectious process like cellulitis or an abscess forming in the area. i would get checked out with your symptoms and history of the recent surgery. God luck. ...Read more

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Why does my jaw hurt after root canal therapy?

A lot of reasons: If you had a bad infection to start with, yes you may still have lingering effects. If the treatment was difficult or f the dentist could not for any reasons clean all the canals all the way. And in general it is normal to experience some mild pain for a few days or a week depending on your case and your pain tolerance. Pain killers should usually help good luck. ...Read more

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Difficult opening mouth and severe jaw pain 2 weeks after root canal. What can be causing this?

Difficult opening mouth and severe jaw pain 2 weeks after root canal. What can be causing this?

TMJ problem...: Your symptoms point to TMJ problem. You may have the problem prior to the appt. But it has not surfaced yet and during the root canal treatment you must open your mouth wide for a long time. This can trigger the symptoms. You can use hot and cold moist facial towels intermittenly applied at the joint area. Longer (around 30 sec.) with the heat vs. 10 sec. Cold. Contact your dentist. ...Read more

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When is an unfinished root canal ready for filling? My tooth/jaw pain has subsided, but lymph nodes still swollen, ok to finish?

When is an unfinished root canal ready for filling? My tooth/jaw pain has subsided, but lymph nodes still swollen, ok to finish?

Yes, it ok to finish: Swollen lymph nodes in your neck and jaw is a symptom of infection. It can take a long time for the infection to clear up even after the root canal is completed. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Hello there, I am an adult and got sealants on my teeth one year ago. I am having tooth & jaw pain that sometimes gives me headaches. It radiates up into my head. Is it possible I would need a root canal? How likely is that scenario?

Hello there, 
I am an adult and got sealants on my teeth one year ago. I am having tooth & jaw pain that sometimes gives me headaches. It radiates up into my head. Is it possible I would need a root canal? How likely is that scenario?

Sealent issues: It would be unlikely that the sealants caused the the pain, especially if the discomfort did not start for a year. There may be decay under the sealant but you would need to get an xray to check on it. I would think that a change in your bite could cause all these symptoms, but you will need to see a dentist to evaluate. ...Read more

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Jaw pain. Happened after root canal on L molar. Lower jaw tilted to L when mouth is opened. Dentist said do jaw exercise. RIght remedy? Other option?

Jaw pain. Happened after root canal on L molar. Lower jaw tilted to L when mouth is opened.  Dentist said do jaw exercise. RIght remedy? Other option?

Normal: The jaw and tooth can be sore following a root canal for several days. The tooth has been traumatized so there is an inflammatory response. Also jaw had to be opened wide and for extended time so muscles and joint strained. Your dentist wants you to care for your strained jaw with exercise, ice and heat, soft diet and controlled opening. Use ibuprofen every 4-6 hours for pain and reduce soreness. ...Read more

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Root canal 2 mths ago now have an abscess(jaw pain, headaches) knee surgery 1 month ago, been told not have a major dental after 3 months, what to do?

Root canal 2 mths ago now have an abscess(jaw pain, headaches) knee surgery 1 month ago, been told not have a major dental after 3 months, what to do?

Seek care now: An abscess is an infection, and MUST be treated immediately or can adversely affect knee surgery. Ask your Dentist and your Orthopedic Surgeon to talk to each other to arrive at the best path of treatment for you. Do not put this off. ...Read more

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Root canal 2 weeks ago. Now jaw pain and clicking sound on the same side as root canal. Some soreness/throbbing to tooth and gums. Is this normal?

Root canal 2 weeks ago.  Now jaw pain and clicking  sound on the same side as root canal.  Some soreness/throbbing to tooth and gums.  Is this normal?

Sounds like: Sounds like 2 separate problems. 1. Possible residual infection in/around root canal treated tooth. Consultation w Endodontic specialist is in order. 2. You may also have TMJ dysfunction. Speak to your family Dentist. ...Read more

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Dental pain after root canal treatment because invasive treatment or infection?

Dental pain after root canal treatment because invasive treatment or infection?

Very common: After the root canal treatment, you may have some pain for 24-72 hours. If pain becomes worse or does not improve after 72 hours, call your dentist for post-op evaluation. ...Read more

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I have pain and bad swelling after root canal treatment?

I have pain and bad swelling after root canal treatment?

See your dentist: minor Pain and swelling is possible after the root canal. if the situation gets worse after 1-2 days, you need to see your dentist. You need to get an exam and x-ray to see what is the best option for you. you can also send me your x-rays for a second opinion http://my.setmore.com/bookingpage/72b8c781-a64f-45c9-9314-934abdd25118 ...Read more

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What do teeth like like after root canal treatment?

The same . . . : Teeth treated endodontically should look the same, with the exception of an access hole that is drilled on the biting surface of back teeth or the back sides of front teeth. If there is a lot of decay on the tooth, removal of it may alter the appearance of the tooth. Either way, the tooth will be filled so that it is properly sealed and most often, this is barely noticeable. ...Read more

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Is a crown always required after root canal treatment?

No: A crown is not always required after a root canal. After a root canal, a tooth becomes more brittle and more likely to break. A crown helps prevent the tooth from breaking. If you decide not to get a crown placed on the tooth then you are taking a chance of losing that tooth although you spent the time and money doing the root canal. Take your dentist's advise. ...Read more

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Could it be absolutely necessary to go for capping after root canal treatment of a tooth?

Could it be absolutely necessary to go for capping after root canal treatment of a tooth?

Depends: The american assoc. Of endodontists recommends that all posterior teeth that receive root canals have cuspal protection. That means a crown or onlay! this prevents fractures and tooth loss.In anterior teeth, it depends on the integrity of the tooth, presence of previous fillings, occlusion and other factors . Hence it may not be necessary on some anterior teeth.In children, we sometimes wait. ...Read more

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What is causing touch sensitivity to tooth 2 months after root canal treatment?

What is causing touch sensitivity to tooth 2 months after root canal treatment?

Root canal hurts: The first thing your dentist needs to check is the bite. If the bite is off you will be sensitive to hot and cold and maybe have a dull ache or inflammation and bleeding around the gums. You be clenching or grinding at night that can make it worse. It also can be the roots are not perfectly clean (which can sometimes be difficult). Have your dentist take an x-ray to see if there is an abscess. ...Read more

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