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Why do I feel discomfort after root canal therapy if the nerve is gone?

Why do I feel discomfort after root canal therapy if the nerve is gone?

Phantom pain: When nerves are injured there is sometime a condition where there is "memory" and if the nerve is gone, the rest of the nervous system remembers the nerve and there is the sensation of pain. This is a complex and poorly understood conditon. It happens with loss of limb as well. It also could be inflammation in the root canal itself. Discuss with your dentist or endodontist. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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I was just suffering from sensation, a doctor without educating me about the root canal she has done root canal therapy. Will nerve regrow?

I was just suffering from sensation, a doctor without educating me about the root canal she has done root canal therapy. Will nerve regrow?

No -It wont.: Without educating? You should go to a teaching hospital if you want to be educated. I am sure the treatment was done with consent. If you were forced to do it talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol after root canal therapy?

Is it okay to drink alcohol after root canal therapy?

Yes, but...: Yes, you can. However, if you are taking certain medications, the alcohol may interact with those. The root canal by itself is not a contraindication to drinking. ...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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Can a tooth after root canal therapy continue to decay?

Can a tooth after root canal therapy continue to decay?

Absolutely: The root canal procedure eliminates the infection and the pain, but does not give immunity from decay. Even with a crown, which is commonly needed after the root canal is done, decay can occur if hygiene is not adequate. Brush, floss, and see your dentist for follow-up care. ...Read more

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Why does my jaw hurt after root canal therapy?

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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What should I do to help my tooth heal after root canal therapy?

What should I do to help my tooth heal after root canal therapy?

Give it time: Dental treatment often is like a bruised knee. It's sore and needs a little time to settle down. Avoid chewing on hard foods and avoid chewing gum. Use common sense to guide you through the healing. Usually most pain is gone within a few days. If pain persists beyond one week you should contact your dentist. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have extra saliva after root canal therapy?

Yes: Any time that work is being done in the oral cavity there can be an increase in salivary flow. Not to worry. ...Read more

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Drinking alcohol after root canal therapy causes pain or problem in my tooth?

Drinking alcohol after root canal therapy causes pain or problem in my tooth?

Is this ?Or answer: If you are drinking alcohol after root canal treatment and are taking any pain meds you should NOT be drinking alcohol because it may accentuate the effects of the pain pills. If dr had to drain or treat any bubble you may have had on the side of your gums it could sting. So there is usually no pain or problem to the tooth itself from having a drink ...Read more

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Is some swelling normal after root canal therapy. Finished about an hour ago, still numb, seem as little swollen, my cheek...

Is some swelling normal after root canal therapy. Finished about an hour ago, still numb, seem as little swollen, my cheek...

It is normal: It is normal to feel slightly tenderness in the area for a couple days after your root canal treatment as your body undergoes the natural healing process and possible over-instrumentation. Contact your dentist right away if you develop a visible swelling. ...Read more

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My dentist says i need root canal therapy and i don't feel any pain! should I consult another dentist?

My dentist says i need root canal therapy and i don't feel any pain! should I consult another dentist?

Not necessarily: Were there any other things your dentist could show you. For instance, was there an x-ray with a visible abcess? Was there visual decay all the way to the nerve on that same x-ray? If there was nothing concrete they could show you, then yes consult with an endodontist. ...Read more

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What happens during root canal therapy?

What happens during root canal therapy?

Removes tooth nerve: The goal of root canal therapy is to clean out the infected nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth. Removing that tissue will control the infection. Dentists use very fine instruments to clean out the tissue, and then place a material inside the tooth to provide strength and prevent other bacteria from getting inside. ...Read more

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Is having a root canal therapy painful?

Is having a root canal therapy painful?

Generally no!: The presence of infection does cause an increased risk of pain during the procedure but we now have anesthetics that work better in infected areas...Though not always. If the infection is controlled prior to the rct, the root canal treatment can be performed with predictable comfort.. ...Read more

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Can root regrow after having root canal therapy?

Can root regrow after having root canal therapy?

No: Any tooth structure removed during root canal therapy will not regrow. However, only a small amount of tooth structure is removed through the center of the roots. So is the pulp which is also in the canal area. The root as a whole is still functional after it is filled. ...Read more

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Why would i still have pain after a root canal therapy?

Healing: When the root canal is cleaned out by the dentist, the files the dentist uses can go past the apex of the tooth, irritating the bone tissue under the tooth. This may cause some pain following completion of the root canal. Also, if there was an abscess at the tip of the root, this must heal. Such an abscess causes swelling in the bone, which is painful. Once this heals, the pain should subside. ...Read more

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I need root canal therapy but i'm terrified. Any advice?

I need root canal therapy but i'm terrified. Any advice?

Fear of unknown: Find a dentist who is willing to explain what they are doing. It may also help to look for someone who offers sedation dentistry. ...Read more

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What can I do to alleviate pain from root canal therapy?

Take your meds: Make sure to take the full dose of antibiotics and if you don't have pain meds, take 3 advil with two tylenol (acetaminophen) together. Together they are as effective as a percocet. If the pain doesnt subside significantly in a coulpe day see your dentist. ...Read more

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Can you please give me a technical description of root canal therapy?

Can you please give me a technical description of root canal therapy?

Root canals: It's simply removing the nerve and blood supply from inside the tooth because it has been contaminated with bacteria. Then you must fill the inside of the tooth so it doesn't get recontaminated. ...Read more

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Do cavities require root canal therapy?

Do cavities require root canal therapy?

Not usually: Root canal therapy is usually necessary when the nerve of the tooth is inflammed or infected due to deep decay or sometimes if the decay is very close to the nerve and when the decay is cleaned out we get a "nerve" exposure. Most of the time this is not the case with cavities. ...Read more

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