Top 20 Doctor insights on: Mouth pain after root canal

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Root canal on abcessed tooth on Monday, last 2 days ear. Neck and shoulders hurting, hard to open mouth to eat. No mouth pain?

Root canal on abcessed tooth on Monday, last 2 days ear. Neck and shoulders hurting, hard to open mouth to eat. No mouth pain?

Abscess: The abscess may have spread, there may be inflammation, you may have strained your muscles keeping your mouth opened wide while the dentist performed your care. Consult with the dentist treating you for further guidance. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Unable to open mouth more than 1/2 an inch after root canal?

Unable to open mouth more than 1/2 an inch after root canal?

Why?: Why couldn't you open your mouth more than that with the first dentist? Did you open your mouth further for junior? If you did, you had something against the first one, whether you were conscious of it or not. Fear or anger has many faces. With regard to 'after root canal work' there is something, definitely wrong if can't open mouth more than half inch. Go back. ...Read more

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After having root canal and a cap, I still have slight swelling and pain in mouth?

After having root canal and a cap, I still have slight swelling and pain in mouth?

Maybe bite related: May be related to the bite on the new crown or related to residual infection on the root canal address it with your dentist. ...Read more

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How long until no pain in entire area and mouth after root canal?

How long until no pain in entire area and mouth after root canal?

Pain following rct: Usually a day or two but one should notice a decrease daily if increasing contact the dentist. ...Read more

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Cavity under crown, root canal done twice! How do I stop my mouth from swelling?

Cavity under crown, root canal done twice! How do I stop my mouth from swelling?

Crown has to be out.: Any cavity or infection must be expose to air and drained, fast. A close space will lead to major problem. ...Read more

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I recently had a root canal, since the procedure I have had a bad taste in my mouth. What would cause this?

Medication: The medication placed in the root canal chamber between visits does not taste good. It may be leaking out past the temporary filling material. It is quite common and usually subsides after a day or two. ...Read more

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How does a tooth survive in the mouth and stay alive after a root canal if there is no nerve left... Wouldn't the tooth die and fall out?

How does a tooth survive in the mouth and stay alive after a root canal if there is no nerve left... Wouldn't the tooth die and fall out?

Tooth structure: The tooth is held in place by periodontal ligamentfibersthat run from the tooth to the bone. A root canal does not effect these fibers. However the tooth will fall out if you looses these fibers. This would be caused by periodontal or gum disease and is the reason for good brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings. The tooth itself is not vital or alive. ...Read more

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Mouth still hurts/numb after 1st part of root canal. What do you suggest?

Not uncommon: It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days after your initial root canal appointment. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) OTC. If you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact your dentist. ...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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How does a tooth stay alive in your mouth and survive after a root canal if there is no root left?

How does a tooth stay alive in your mouth and survive after a root canal if there is no root left?

Non-vital: The tooth is said to be non-vital, not "dead". The nerve and blood supply to the tooth is removed from inside the root and crown of the tooth. The actual root is not removed. A common misconception by non-professionals. The root is still attached and gets nourishment from a membrane between the bone and root. Think of it being similar to your hair where you can cut it but still attached to scalp ...Read more

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Subsequent to getting a root canal done it hurts to apply suction with my mouth to the tooth or to lick the top?

It is possible: During the root canal therapy a lot of collateral tissue (gums, nerves, muscles) damage is done. The pain is a symptom of the affected tissue inflammation. Over the counter medications (Tylenol, Advil) for a few days will ameliorate the pain their anti-inflammatory effect. If concerned, call your dentist for post-op exploration. ...Read more

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After getting a root canal done, it hurts to apply suction with my mouth to the tooth or to lick the top, what to do?

See your dentist: When was the root canal done? Is the final filling in the tooth? You should call your dentist to have him look at it. ...Read more

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Root canal was extracted now I have bad taste and bad breath in mouth, and a little discomfort. What should I do? It's been 3 days

Root canal was extracted now I have bad taste and bad breath in mouth, and a little discomfort. What should I do? It's been 3 days

Is it improving: If the discomfort is improving with each day then its just part of the healing process. You may want to rinse with hydrogen peroxide or salty water more often. This will irrigate the wound and clear the drainage tastes ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 6 year old to get a root canal and stainless steel crown? What are health effects of having steel in a childs mouth for a long time?

Is it safe for a 6 year old to get a root canal and stainless steel crown? What are health effects of having steel in a childs mouth for a long time?

Crown is safe: Stainless Steel crowns have been in use for over 50 years to restore severely broken down teeth in children. They are perfectly safe. On baby tooth the procedure used to treat an infective nerve (pulp) is called a pulpotomy, not a root canal. While they both treat the pulp, a pulpotomy is a simpler procedure specifically for baby teeth. True "root canals" are not done on baby teeth. ...Read more

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Why is my mouth so tender after root canal therapy?

Why is my mouth so tender after root canal therapy?

Surgical procedure: Root canal therapy is actually a minor surgical procedure. Any surgical procedure is often followed by some soreness or discomfort. The periodontal ligament and other tissues that surround your root in the bone become temporarily inflamed which in turn causes the soreness. ...Read more

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My teeth feel funny after root canal and funny chemical taste in my mouth, is this normal?

Yes and No: Many teeth feel "different" for a while after root canal therapy. This may or may not resolve over time. It is always advised to monitor the tooth, usually at 6 months or a year. This can early detect potential problems. The bad taste can come from many sources, not always your tooth. One possibility is a temporary filling material dissolving in saliva. If there is a temp, get it replaced. ...Read more

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Unable to open mouth more than two fingerbreaths for root canal so endodontist quit!?! had to see his jr partner.

Unable to open mouth more than two fingerbreaths for root canal so endodontist quit!?! had to see his jr partner.

Why?: Why couldn't you open your mouth more than that with the first dentist? Did you open your mouth further for junior? If you did, you had something against the first one, whether you were conscious of it or not. Fear or anger has many faces. ...Read more

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I had root canal done and 10 cavities filled on Thursday. Now I have formed canker sores all over my mouth. Is this normal?

I had root canal done and 10 cavities filled on Thursday. Now I have formed canker sores all over my mouth. Is this normal?

Not abnormal: You had a lot of work done in just one visit. Not a surprise that the herpes virus cells already living in your tissues have become activated. The lesions should dissipate in 10-14 days. Call your Dentist for palliative support. ...Read more

Mouth Pain (Definition)

Pain in the mouth. Can be due to any structure in the mouth. See your dentist ...Read more