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Mouth Pain After Root Canal
Root canal on abcessed tooth on Monday, last 2 days ear. Neck and shoulders hurting, hard to open mouth to eat. No mouth pain?
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
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
How long after a root canal do I have to wait until the numbness wears off and my mouth gets back to normal?
Pain following rct: Usually a day or two but one should notice a decrease daily if increasing contact the dentist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Unable to open mouth more than two fingerbreaths for root canal so endodontist quit!?! had to see his jr partner.
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 hit my top right incisor in my mouth! It is chipped down the side of my tooth Down close to my gum. No pain. Feel weird. Will I have root canal.
Teeth concussion: Concussed teeth will be tender to touch or bite due to an inflamed and injured periodontal ligament. Try to avoid biting on these teeth, take NSAID OTC and be patient. If symptoms last more than two weeks, you should see your dentist. ...Read more