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Pain from Root Canal - now 5 months.

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Davi

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How are you? Any improvement with your tooth?

I am due to go back to my endo since it has been one month since I had the start of the root canal retreatment. I'm not sure what they will say. I'm going to call them next week and explain what I'm feeling and find out if there is anything else possible that could be causing this and not just "well, it's cracked and needs to be extracted". I just don't feel that is the best approach at this point.

I'm thinking maybe I'll go and finish the root canal and then wait again and see how the tooth reacts. Maybe even go further and have the final crown put on, too, and see. Then at least if it still acts up I'll know that I tried everything.

Do you ever have aching in your jaw or is yours just the sensitivity? I get the aching periodically. It will just come on out of the blue and I'll take an ibuprofen and it will go away sometimes for the rest of the day. I've even just waited it out a few times and within a half hour it goes away on its own. But, I've also had situations where it continued and continued and it took a while to go away. I actually haven't had any pain since yesterday but felt a little this morning. It's all just so strange to me.

So, who knows what this could be.

I'll let you know what my endo says about all of this. Just wanted to see how things were going with you.
My symptoms still remain but with a slight improvement. Yes my jaw aches and it is periodic and there is no real pattern to it. Sometimes I get nearly a whole day without too much pain but others can be bad. I'm almost certain that this, for me at least, is coming from jaw muscles and is being referred into one tooth. Muscle issues can make teeth feel sensitive as well and it fits with my symptoms. But again, it's only a gut feeling - no one can actually diagnose it - not least the dentists. When several dentists have checked my muscles of mastication they might as well have used a feather. I have very tender spots in these muscles and I'm familiar with this kind of muscle pain.
 
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My symptoms still remain but with a slight improvement. Yes my jaw aches and it is periodic and there is no real pattern to it. Sometimes I get nearly a whole day without too much pain but others can be bad. I'm almost certain that this, for me at least, is coming from jaw muscles and is being referred into one tooth. Muscle issues can make teeth feel sensitive as well and it fits with my symptoms. But again, it's only a gut feeling - no one can actually diagnose it - not least the dentists. When several dentists have checked my muscles of mastication they might as well have used a feather. I have very tender spots in these muscles and I'm familiar with this kind of muscle pain.
Our situation is so similar. It's amazing to me. My jaw pain comes and goes, too, and some days I don't need anything. But, that darn tooth is the problem. Now my temp crown on that tooth is coming loose and it really aggravates things. I called my endo today and let them know that it's been a month since my root canal retreatment and the tooth is still sensitive. The endo won't finish the root canal until the tooth has no pain. He also said since it's been a month already that I may want to have it extracted. The tooth should have settled by now. :(

So, I'm taking tonight to think things over and making my decision. Part of me doesn't want to jump and do something by mistake (extraction) but on the other hand, I can't continue to deal with this issue. It's wearing me down.

I'll post and let you know what I decide to do.
 
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Our situation is so similar. It's amazing to me. My jaw pain comes and goes, too, and some days I don't need anything. But, that darn tooth is the problem. Now my temp crown on that tooth is coming loose and it really aggravates things. I called my endo today and let them know that it's been a month since my root canal retreatment and the tooth is still sensitive. The endo won't finish the root canal until the tooth has no pain. He also said since it's been a month already that I may want to have it extracted. The tooth should have settled by now. :(

So, I'm taking tonight to think things over and making my decision. Part of me doesn't want to jump and do something by mistake (extraction) but on the other hand, I can't continue to deal with this issue. It's wearing me down.

I'll post and let you know what I decide to do.
My dentist and two consultants have pretty much refused to extract. They say, with seemingly some certainty, that it could make the pain worse. This has left me with much anxiety. It’s now 7 months and counting.
 
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Wow......so they haven't even entertained that the tooth might be cracked?

I have decided to proceed and have it extracted. I am so tired of dealing with it and not being able to chew on that side or even brush.

I am setting up a consult with an oral surgeon this week. I'll update on what he says but I'm pretty sure he'll agree with the extract plan.

I feel for you because I know how much this can consume someone daily. I'll post with an update after my consult.
 
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Wow......so they haven't even entertained that the tooth might be cracked?

I have decided to proceed and have it extracted. I am so tired of dealing with it and not being able to chew on that side or even brush.

I am setting up a consult with an oral surgeon this week. I'll update on what he says but I'm pretty sure he'll agree with the extract plan.

I feel for you because I know how much this can consume someone daily. I'll post with an update after my consult.
Yes please update me.

I have a history of anxiety which I’m sure has altered their mindset towards diagnosis. Usually, if there are no obvious signs of a pathological nature, they diagnose Atypical Toothache and start you on meds. This is what they have done with me. They also scare people by saying if you have it extracted the pain can get worse - ans spread.

I am in no mans land. My dentist shakes his head saying the xrays look perfect, the dental hospital do the same but neither have considered the idea that my tooth could be cracked. I’m obviously devastated by this and the toll it has taken is incredible.

I am thinking of going to a specialist for yet another opinion.
 
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I would consider a second opinion. You've been dealing with this way too long.

I called my old dentist who extracted another molar of mine a couple of years ago and he's going to extract this tooth on 10/30.

I'm counting down at this point. I'm completely done with this tooth and the discomfort. It's SO sensitive. There isn't a moment of the day when I don't think about it. It's always there reminding me.

After I have it pulled, I'll let you know if things get better.

In the meantime, I'm rinsing with hydrogen peroxide to help keep things clean since I can't brush that tooth at all.
 
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Just wanted to let you know that I went and had molar #30 extracted today. Still sensitive and after two dentists and an endodontist all telling me that it's fractured, I decided to have it taken out. It was a hard decision something I've been thinking about for weeks now.

I hope your tooth has settled. I know it's not fun to deal with.

Update if you are still following this thread.
 
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Sorry to hear this is still giving you problems and you are pulling it. It is such a hard thing , even with problems its hard to let go of each tooth.. Do you have an appts set up yet. let us know how that goes
 
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I had if pulled two days ago. I feel comfortable with my decision. Everything was quick and easy and now I can move on.
 
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I had if pulled two days ago. I feel comfortable with my decision. Everything was quick and easy and now I can move on.

I just started reading through this and am on a similar path with my #15. I just had re-treatment done and am still experiencing discomfort, etc...

How was the extraction experience? I've never had it done and it freaks me out a bit. Did you get a graft at the same time for an implant or are you going to let it be since it is in the back?
 
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Yes, I had my root canal retreatment done and the endo put some medication in the canals and said to give it a month and see if the tooth settled. Within two weeks, the tooth was sensitive to the touch again. He said he wouldn't finish the root canal until the tooth was pain free (as it should be after a root canal).

My regular dentist that pulled the tooth this past Monday said that there should be no pain in a tooth after a root canal especially to the touch.

The extraction was super easy! Unfortunately, I've had many over the years. They will just numb you really well and then within five minutes or less the tooth is out. You don't feel anything and I've always been surprised when they are done already. This last time took four minutes. I just put on a podcast and that's how far I got. (haha) The aftercare for the first day or two is just soft foods. No big deal.

Don't be scared about it. It's really easy and quick. I did not have the bone graft done because I'm going to look into flexible partials for those missing teeth here and there that I have. I cannot afford implants at this time or have any plans for them within the next 10 years or so. Just not in the cards right now.

If you have any more questions, just let me know. :) I hope your tooth feels better.
 
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Thanks for the reply. Depending on the cost, I would consider anesthesia, especially if the bone graft was needed as the extra time and anticipation might keep from getting it done. I don't know the cost of any of it, implant included, so it might be a moot point and as usual, I am getting ahead of myself a bit.

I'm hoping the tooth settles down, but am worried. I thought that after the retreatment things would be ok, and they were better. I had the crown prep last Thursday and received a temp crown and things were pretty tolerable and then Monday it started getting worse. It's a little worse then when I had the retreatment. At times it seems like it could even be the tooth next to the one that was treated.

I'd like to go tomorrow and have them look, but will probably give it through the weekend to see if it feels any better and not be the patient that hopes to be seen when they only are open for 4 hours on a Friday. I doubt there is much they could dosqueezing me in.

During the extraction are you aware of what they are doing or does it feel like any other dental procedure? I've heard that you can feel them "wiggling", etc... which freaks me out a bit.

Thanks again for the info!!!
 
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During the extraction you don't feel anything but pressure. You cannot feel it wiggling.

I am a huge dental phobe so trust me when I say it's not a big deal.

With regards to your tooth and what you are feeling, is it sensitive to touch? Does it ache?

I'll send you a message later today with more details on what to expect from the extraction.
 
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During the extraction you don't feel anything but pressure. You cannot feel it wiggling.

I am a huge dental phobe so trust me when I say it's not a big deal.

With regards to your tooth and what you are feeling, is it sensitive to touch? Does it ache?

I'll send you a message later today with more details on what to expect from the extraction.

Thanks - I appreciate it!

It is just a constant ache that doesn't seem to go away. It isn't really sensitive to touch, etc... just a dull roar that never really goes away. It definitely got worse since the crown prep - which seems bizarre. I'm thinking about calling to try and get in this morning tobe seen, but hate to be "that patient"on a shortened Friday for them.
 
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During the extraction you don't feel anything but pressure. You cannot feel it wiggling.

I am a huge dental phobe so trust me when I say it's not a big deal.

With regards to your tooth and what you are feeling, is it sensitive to touch? Does it ache?

I'll send you a message later today with more details on what to expect from the extraction.

Did the extraction finally stop all the pain?
 
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