bad pain two days after root canal treatment

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  1. Guest

    I had a root canal treatment done on the tooth #30 about 5 years ago,
    then the tooth was covered by a crown. A recent x-ray showed that there
    was an infection on the root of the tooth, and my dentist sent me to an
    endodontist. So two days ago I went to the endo- and underwent a 2-hour
    root canal procedure. The doctor removed the crown, did the root canal
    treatment, which involved lots of different instruments and syringes,
    and prepared the tooth for a new crown (build-up). I was absolutely
    fine after the procedure----no pain, no swelling.

    However, I started having dull pain the next day, and now, two days
    later, the pain is so strong that I have to take 800mg ibuprofen every
    4 hours. It feels like pain of the jaw/bone.

    There is no swelling. Everything looks normal, just hurts a lot.

    My questions are:

    1) is it normal to have such pain?
    2) does it indicate of any serious complication/infection?
    3) does it mean that I'm going to have to undergo RCT again?
    4) is it likely to go away eventually?
    5) do I have to take antibiotics?
    I have a problem with antibiotics, having taken lots of them in the
    past few years. I have really bad stomach reaction to most antibiotics
    and I suspect that I'm resistant, since I've never completed the
    numerous courses I've had to start (mostly after dental works which I
    have all the time).

    As of right now what I fear the most is the possiblity of
    infection/another root canal/extraction. This pain worries me. If I
    knew that it's normal to have pain after such treatment I would relax
    and just take painkillers. :) Having no swelling is a good sign, it
    gives me hope/

    Thanks in advance for any comments/advice.

    , Feb 13, 2006
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  2. Bill Guest

    All of these questions should be directed to the dentist who examined
    your condition and performed the treatment. He knows more about your
    dental situation than anyone on the Internet -- and I assume that he
    has been paid to take care of your case.

    Best regards,
    - dentaldoc

    Bill, Feb 13, 2006
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  3. Gabe Guest

    it mostly should be related to gases generated by the body in the apical
    zone, it should go away in 2/3 days with help from some anti-inflammatory
    if it doesn't then go straight back to the dentist that had it done.
    Don't eat/bite from that side, if you feel that the tooth is "higher" than
    normal or you touch on that tooth first than on other teeth, go to the
    dentist to have it lowered a little bit so there's less pressure and the
    healing takes less time.
    hope it helps


    (the one who doesn't know nothing, hahahahaha!)

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    Gabe, Feb 13, 2006
  4. steve Guest

    On Mon, 13 Feb 2006 10:02:44 -0800, Bill wrote:
    Some dentists are complete arseholes and you just HAVE to ask elsewhere.
    steve, Feb 14, 2006
  5. Number One Guest

    You should have been given at least a small qty of painkillers, such
    as Percocet or to a lesser extent Vicoden, and that can be coupled with
    two Advil which will keep the swelling down and an antibiotic such as
    Pennicilin or Amoxocillin to stave off infection.

    I am in no way a Dentist or a medical professional in anyway, but I
    tend to find that I seem to know more than some of them do, LOL.
    Number One, Feb 18, 2006
  6. Gabe Guest

    because you being no health professional you should NOT recommend ANY kinds
    of medication.
    you can put someone's life in danger.
    please don't auto-medicate.


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    Gabe, Feb 18, 2006
  7. Number One Guest

    Sorry my friend,

    I was just relating to my own personal situation in the past which
    was very similar and caused alot of pain and discomfort. In the scheme
    of things, my recomendation is not unusual at all, and I have seen
    given not only to myself, but others in the same situation. I cannot
    understand for the life of my why someone who was in pain and
    discomfort after a root canal was sent off with out any tyoe of meds
    for pain or infection. I can understand about the narcotic pain meds,
    to an extent, because of the issues with them, but they should at
    least be offered. Also, here is a tricky one, I just had a root canal
    in Nov. The Dr gave me a prescripton for Vicoden ES (7.5) and also a
    yellow envelope with six pcs of 600mg iboprofen. If I am correct, isnt
    that doseage only available by prescription? I know there are 200mg
    avail for OTC? Seemed a little strange to me, and the 600 worked as
    good is not better than the painkiller, except at bedtime for the
    first night or two.. Again, maybe is SOP, but seems a little odd to

    Again, I just made a suggestion base on a similar experience that I
    am going through, and posted a disclaimer that I was not a Dr. Sorry
    if I ruffled any feathers. I just know what the OP is going through,
    and tooth pain can be a really bad thing to have to deal with. Just
    wanted to make a suggestion to help out.

    Thank you Gabe. And again, sorry if I offended anyone, I don't
    mean to step on any toes!

    Number One, Feb 18, 2006
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