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Tooth Next To Root Canal Hurts
See the Dentist: The dentist needs to check for 3 general possibilities: 1) there is still infection at the end of the root where the root canal was done. 2) the crown is higher than the rest of the teeth and you are biting on this tooth first. 3) the root may be split. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Be patient 7-10 days: 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 (Aleeve, Tylenol) for a few days will ameliorate the pain. If concerned? Call your dentist for post-op exploration. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not... but: Root canal treatment is done for multiple reasons, and your condition prior to treatment usually will increase or decrease the chance of pain afterwards. Very infected teeth can require 3-7 days to feel better. On the other hand, if the problem is related to an inflamed nerve only, the tooth can feel better immediately. If the root canal is not done thoroughly, both can be painful afterwards. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Yes, if "dead nerve": When a tooth "dies", the blood supply to the vital cells inside the root canal is no longer viable. In the same manner that skin will fester and remove a splinter, your body detects the dead tissue in the root and initiates an inflammatory response that begins to "fester" the bone that holds the tooth. Called "apical periodontitis, " the lesion appears as an asymptomatic clearing on the x-ray. Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Unlikely but: Sometimes I have looked at teeth in the x-ray and found an abscess. It is like a sleeping dog and can come back to "bite" you with a swollen face or intense pain. Those teeth may not have any pain. Your dentist should be able to explian why a tooth needs a root canal. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The: The type of pain is important. If it is still a stapping, sharp pain, there might be something else going on. If the pain is more of a throbbing ache, it probably is normal healing pain. If it lasts more than a week without waning, get back to your dentist. It can take several days to weeks for it to ultimately calm down, as dr funari said, Ibuprofen should help. If it doesn't, go see your dentist. One thing to remember is that the nerve of your tooth is not the only thing affected when a root canal is necessary. The nerve is just one part of what we call the periodontium. The peridontium is made up of the tooth, pulp (nerve), ligament, gingiva (gum), and bone. When a tooth goes "bad", it doesn't just affect the nerve, it affects the whole periodontium. If your infection caused a swelling, the bone is infected and that can takes weeks to heal and feel "normal". Where is your pain, exactly, and has it changed at all? Every day it should feel a little better. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If the tooth has a severe abscess, then it may not be complete "numb" due to the amount of infection present. Usually, the dentist can achieve complete local anesthesia and the extraction of the tooth is painless. If you are concerned about discomfort during the procedure, discuss the option of IV sedation with your dentist or oral surgeon. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
I have been diagnosed with barodontalgia; a tooth that hurts only when flying. I had a root canal, but that didn't correct it. What do I do now?
Barodontalgia: If your pain is limited to that one tooth there still may be an infection remaining. If it happens on both sides or sometimes on the other side than it can be sinus related. Ask your ENT, but using a decongestant nasal spray before the flight and again during the flight may help (it helped my son). If you had recent dental work rule that out first with the dentist. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I might be getting a root canal so I have a few questions. Does a root canal hurt and does it make the tooth fall/break? How long does it take? Thanks:)
Depends: Often, a front tooth single canal is performed in about 1 hour or less & a premolar or molar will take longer, because they have more canals (2, 3 or more) in these teeth to seal. Usually a root canal gets you "out of pain" but you may have some discomfort. Yes, root canal treated teeth are more brittle than non-treated teeth, so you may need a crown & will need to be careful eating on that tooth. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: I am guessing that you have pain of dental root origin and your dentist suggests a root canal versus removal of the tooth. If the tooth is in bad shape, extraction might be in order. But if the tooth can be saved (unless it is a wisdom tooth), then a root canal which can be done painlessly, will save your tooth which has significant benefits. Discuss with your dentist. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can I do if my tooth hurts so much - am I going to be able to have a root canal without any pain?
Hi all, I just had a root canal and everytime I bite down my tooth hurts so bad. Is this to be expected?
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