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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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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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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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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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