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Root Canal - Mild Pain / Slightly Loose Tooth 3 months after Root Canal

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Patient928

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Is it unusual to have mild pain and a slightly loose tooth 3 months after a root canal ? Does it happen in 50% of cases, or just 10%, or just 1% ??? I sure didn't expect this ! What are the statistics ? Has anyone had a similar experience or am I just unlucky in getting a bad outcome ?

I had a root canal performed on my lower right 2nd bicuspid about 3 months ago. The tooth had a deep cavity but NO pain whatsoever before the root canal. There was NO infection, but the dentist had to drill all the way to the pulp and suggested a root canal would be "safer" than just a crown. He indicated that the pulp looked pink and healthy. I was concerned about potential sensitivity since he had drilled so deep and agreed to the root canal. Now I regret it and wish I had just done the crown. Money was not an issue for me.

Ever since the root canal was performed, the tooth is giving me mild discomfort much of the time. One could call it just a very mild toothache, but it's enough to be a distraction and so my mind is on it a lot. When I press the tooth sideways with my finger I can feel it move slightly and there's notable pain from beneath the tooth. Initially I thought this would clear up within a few days or weeks, but it hasn't. I visited the dentist after 2 months and he ground down the crown a bit more so now there's no contact with the upper teeth. That has not solved the discomfort.

At this point I'm hoping it will clear up within another few months, but with no improvement evident so far I can't help but be skeptical. I plan to get a 2nd and perhaps 3rd opinion soon through consultation with other dentists. My guess is that the root canal removed too much tooth structure and may have been too deep and caused inflamation of tendons beneath the tooth.

I can live with this, but if there's no improvement in a year or so then I'll have to consider having the tooth extracted and a bridge installed. Very annoying !
 
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rob wain

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Hi. The ideal time to crown a root-filled tooth is as soon as you can be reasonably confident the root filling is successful. If you wait too long you risk reinfection or tooth breakage but sometimes root-filled teeth do take a while to settle so either approach can be correct under different circumstances.

An elective root filling has a high success rate so an immediate crown is not unreasonable if the root filling went well.

I would also advise a second opinion, ideally from an endodontist.

Best of luck.
 
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gentledental

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Is it unusual to have mild pain and a slightly loose tooth 3 months after a root canal ? Does it happen in 50% of cases, or just 10%, or just 1% ??? I sure didn't expect this ! What are the statistics ? Has anyone had a similar experience or am I just unlucky in getting a bad outcome ?

I had a root canal performed on my lower right 2nd bicuspid about 3 months ago. The tooth had a deep cavity but NO pain whatsoever before the root canal. There was NO infection, but the dentist had to drill all the way to the pulp and suggested a root canal would be "safer" than just a crown. He indicated that the pulp looked pink and healthy. I was concerned about potential sensitivity since he had drilled so deep and agreed to the root canal. Now I regret it and wish I had just done the crown. Money was not an issue for me.

Ever since the root canal was performed, the tooth is giving me mild discomfort much of the time. One could call it just a very mild toothache, but it's enough to be a distraction and so my mind is on it a lot. When I press the tooth sideways with my finger I can feel it move slightly and there's notable pain from beneath the tooth. Initially I thought this would clear up within a few days or weeks, but it hasn't. I visited the dentist after 2 months and he ground down the crown a bit more so now there's no contact with the upper teeth. That has not solved the discomfort.

At this point I'm hoping it will clear up within another few months, but with no improvement evident so far I can't help but be skeptical. I plan to get a 2nd and perhaps 3rd opinion soon through consultation with other dentists. My guess is that the root canal removed too much tooth structure and may have been too deep and caused inflamation of tendons beneath the tooth.

I can live with this, but if there's no improvement in a year or so then I'll have to consider having the tooth extracted and a bridge installed. Very annoying !

This was the first and last time I will ever do an elective root canal. Unfortunately there's sometimes the potential for conflict of interest between patient and dentist due to the financial motive of the dentist to be aggressive rather than conservative in treatment recommendations. Perhaps that was a factor in my case.

might be a missed second canal on the tooth. Trying asking your dentist to take another x-Ray from a different angle.
Probably NOT a wise decision to place a crown on this tooth now or you risk losing it completely.
 
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