Tooth Hurts After Root Canal – What to do?
Does your tooth still hurt after your root canal was performed and completed by your dentist or endodontist? There are many scenarios that can lead to tooth pain after root canal treatment, and in this article we will go over all of them and treatment options for each one.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure where your dentist or endodontist drill into the core of your tooth and remove any infected nerve and soft tissue that resides within the tooth structure. The core of the tooth is known as the pulp, and all of its contaminates are removed during this procedure. During the course of the treatment, the canals of the tooth are irrigated and cleansed copiously with medicament’s and the canals are replaced with an artificial material known as gutta percha.
How Is A Root Canal Performed?
There are a series of steps in starting and completing a root canal:
- The tooth is numbed with local anesthetic
- A dental dam is placed
- Your tooth’s cavity is removed
- The pulp or nerve chamber is reached.
- Instruments and medicaments are used to clean the tooth canals
- The canals are dried
- X-rays are taken
- Artificial filling materials are placed in the canals (gutta percha)
- Buildup material is used to rebuild the tooth
- A Dental Crown is placed on the tooth
My Tooth Is Still Sensitive After My Root Canal
Tooth sensitivity immediately after a root canal is common. Sometimes due to the body’s inflammatory mediators, pain can last up to 2 weeks after your root canal treatment. This is why pain medication is usually given after your root canal therapy. If after two weeks the pain and sensitivity have not drastically improved then you need to see your dentist or endodontist for further evaluation.
My Tooth Is Sensitive To Hot and Cold After My Root Canal
If you have hot or cold (temperature) sensitivity after your root canal treatment, chances are that either the root canal was not completed properly, or there are extra anatomical nerve canals inside the tooth. In either case the chances of the root canal needing to be redone is quite high (root canal retreatment). Check with your dentist or endodontist to see if you will need to have your tooth retreated with another root canal.
My Tooth Is Sensitive To Pressure and Biting Forces After My Root Canal
This situation is commonly seen when you have a tooth fracture. Pressure sensitivity can have two main causes:
- The tooth itself is fractured and will need to be removed
- The Buildup Material Or Dental Crown that your dentist placed is too high and needs to be adjusted
The majority of the time pressure sensitivity after a root canal indicates a fractured tooth, but a proper diagnosis needs to be completed by your treating dentist to give you the prognosis of your tooth.
If you are in the Houston area, and your root canal treatment is bothering you please come see us so we can give your a proper diagnosis. We can be reached at (281) 762-0637.