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      Default Pain after root canal

      So I had a root canal last Tuesday and they put a temporary crown on it. The temp crown was made from plastic I think its feels weird but otherwise ok. They told me not to eat on that side so I haven't but I notice every once in a while when i bite down I get pain in that tooth. Is this normal and will it go away once the permanent crown goes on?

      Also since im kind of nervous about the crown coming off I haven't been brushing extremely well on that tooth and I am nervous its gonna mess up my root canal.

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      Default Re: Post root canal

      This should be a FAQ. I hate lazy endodontists who don't tell patients this kind of stuff

      Basically with all the guddling about in the canals there is always a little bit of inflammation at the top of the root after a root canal. It's inevitably going to be tender to bite on for a few days and is perfectly normal.

      Brushing your teeth or not won't make any difference to the success or failure of the root canal, but poor brushing will make it really difficult to get a nice new permanent crown on there, so get in there with the brush!

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      Default Re: Post root canal

      Hi So I just got the permanent crown put on the tooth, I was wondering if its normal to feel some pain/sensitivy and for how long? They were digging pretty good with floss to remove extra cement so that could be why. I feel a tiny bit of pain if I bite down on the tooth so I'm not gonna eat on that side for atleast a day.

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      Default Re: Post root canal

      Yes, that would be fairly normal. Try not to keep "testing" it, otherwise it'll take longer to get better. (This is far easier said than done though!!!).

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      Default WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF RCT being a success

      I have had a rct done on a back tooth on the bottom, in one treatment before it had thawed out properly it hurt, which I expected, later that night after thaw, still painful still expected.
      The day after it got worse and swelling appeared, as I got to the evening it was really painful, throbbing and warm salt water rinses made it worse and my mouth was on fire.
      I got antibiotics the next day, I have been on these for 3 nearly 4 days now (5 day course) and all my other teeth are sensitive and hurting now. The swelling has gone down a lot and a lot of the pain has gone. My cheeks feel swollen and my gums on the side of the infection both top and bottom are very sore. I have a very painful bridge at the moment, an old one, on the same side as the infection but on the top. My teeth feel tight as if they are pushed together. My tongue is also very sore down one side.

      What are the chances that this rct will be successful, I am a nhs patient so is it likely I will lose the rct tooth, and could it be possible that my bridge needs looking at.
      I had an untreated abscess for 20 months before having treatment in Sept last year, a removed tooth and a rct on the abscessed tooth cleared that up. The problem is at the opposite side of my mouth.
      Could the fact that I had the other abscess for so long be causing the problems I have now. I read somewhere that if a dental abscess is left untreated, you can get an abscess appear somewhere else in the body.

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      Default Re: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF RCT being a success

      I'm not a dentist but I think a small percentage of root canal treatments can result in a flare up that's more than just tenderness (like the pain and swelling you were experiencing). It sounds as if unfortunately you've got it worse than most. This doesn't mean that the treatment has failed. Antibiotics are the correct treatment at this stage.

      I think it is a good sign that the practice manager who had a look at the x-rays thought the root canal treatment looked very good. I don't think he would have been saying that if it had looked like a shoddy job.

      Hopefully things will settle down permanently!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, anyway

      I don't know about the bridge, I think it would be very hard to speculate about that one over the internet.

      The other abscess you had in the past wouldn't be causing the problems you have now. It is not true that you can get an abscess somewhere else in the body from that.
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      Default Re: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF RCT being a success

      Thank you I knew to expect a bit of dis-comfort but this has been really bad, I was glad the top dentist I saw said it was a very good job and I was relieved.
      At first it started to feel better but now it feels like things are getting worse. I don't usually read things or want to know about what can happen or go wrong because everything and everybody is different, but if there is a 1% chance of things happening I always seem to be the one.
      I thought I had read about the abscess popping up somewhere else on the nhs website and I thought they would be trust worthy, I am finding out through other things as well maybe they not so much. Or it could just be me reading and getting the wrong end of the stick.

      I see my dentist next week so I suppose I will find out then what state my mouth is in. I just felt a bit worried and down about the state of my mouth, because there isn't anything I can or could have done to stop these things happening. I attend a dentist every 6 months always have done except for a 5 year miss years ago. I have always brushed and looked after my teeth. So I am more fed up with the fact that even when you force yourself to go to the dentist and do everything you are supposed to do, these things still happen, and I don't understand why.

      Thank you letsconnect

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      Default Re: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF RCT being a success

      Hi Carole,

      One does occasionally read suggestions that abscesses in the mouth can eventually cause abscesses in the brain which would have serious consequences. However, the chances of this happening are extremely remote.... even less that the dreaded 1% category that you always fall into! So relax this isn't happening to you.

      Letsconnect's assessment of the the situation is spot on as usual. So we will have to keep our fingers crossed that the root canal settles down.

      It is depressing when one dental problem follows on from another but hopefully this bad period will pass.

      Best wishes

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      www.beehivedental.co.uk

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      Default Re: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF RCT being a success

      I just thought I would update this, so anybody that hasn't had a root canal need not worry, today right at this minute I feel very good no pain all the swelling has gone and my teeth have stopped aching now. Whewwwwwwwwww!! what a difference a day makes, thank goodness. My tongue doesn't feel too bad either. Gums under my bridge don't hurt either I've just realised, so I think now things will be fine, I have everything crossed that I carry on now as I feel right now and the dentist will sign me off.

      So I am giving myself some of these
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      Default Had a root canal done, in pain.

      Hi guys,

      Certainly getting over the fear of the dentist now having had another root canal done on Thursday. Now it's 2 days after the root canal and I'm getting a throbbing pain above the tooth I had the root canal done on...

      Is this normal for after a root canal? The pain is persistant.

      Cheers

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