a root canal gone bad? I need some feedback!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by BethM, Sep 4, 2002.

  1. BethM

    BethM New Member

    April 29th, I had a root canal (my first ever) done by an endodontist. All seemed to go well, although the area was a little sensitive for awhile after, and I was laid out with a nasty but short lived fibro-flare the next day. I went back to the endo-guy because the tooth was sensitive and shouldn't have been, and he said to let it rest, give it time, and it should be ok. NOW, however, that tooth feels just like it did before the root canal! Can't bite down on it, throbs, very annoying today. X-rays don't tell us much, as there is a gold crown on the tooth. Problem is, I've capped out on my dental insurance until January.

    Has anyone else had experience with this? Do we react differently than non-FMS folks to root canals? I do plan to go back to the dentist if this doesn't settle down, but I REALLY don't want to go through that procedure again! And can't afford it, regardless!

    Any thoughts, experiences, helpful hints???

    Thanks!
    Beth.
    [This Message was Edited on 09/04/2002]
  2. BethM

    BethM New Member

    April 29th, I had a root canal (my first ever) done by an endodontist. All seemed to go well, although the area was a little sensitive for awhile after, and I was laid out with a nasty but short lived fibro-flare the next day. I went back to the endo-guy because the tooth was sensitive and shouldn't have been, and he said to let it rest, give it time, and it should be ok. NOW, however, that tooth feels just like it did before the root canal! Can't bite down on it, throbs, very annoying today. X-rays don't tell us much, as there is a gold crown on the tooth. Problem is, I've capped out on my dental insurance until January.

    Has anyone else had experience with this? Do we react differently than non-FMS folks to root canals? I do plan to go back to the dentist if this doesn't settle down, but I REALLY don't want to go through that procedure again! And can't afford it, regardless!

    Any thoughts, experiences, helpful hints???

    Thanks!
    Beth.
    [This Message was Edited on 09/04/2002]
  3. dlizard

    dlizard New Member

    I can relate totally! LOL>>> I have to laugh cause mine still hurts some too. It has been very painful some days and not so painful some days. My lidocaine didn't work and I felt the entire procedure !!! I read an article maybe here on this site or somewhere on a fibro site that our teeth are very porous ( like everyone's) but sometimes the endo guy can miss a root completely or miss some porous spot. It would stand to me that the endo guy would be RESPONSIBLE especially if you've already paid him in full. I would argue with him til the cows come home about that! He's have to remove my crown and at least look and I betcha he missed something. On the other hand.... you could have trigeminal neuralgia... seems that that is fairly common in our little group LOL>>>> go look at the diagrams of this and see if it could be the source of your discomfort as well... if you type in trigeminal neuralgia on a search engine you'll have plenty of pics to see if that is a cause of your discomfort! It can certainly hurt just like a tooth! Good luck!
  4. sb439

    sb439 New Member


    I've got CFIDS, not FM. I have had two root canals done over the last 4 years, each time had that experience: x-rays showed up fine, but teeth still hurt, like before (well, not quite as bad). Dentists baffled.

    There's research done by Cheney, Hyams, and others, also some Swedish research, suggesting that extracting root canal teeth (but in the right way, by some sort of specialist who looks at the bone under the tooth, too) makes some CFIDS people feel much better. The specialists are holistic dentists who know how to deal with NIKO (or NICO) lesions (some sort of caviatations under the root of the tooth). Maybe such dentists are also better equipped to find out about unusual root canal problems in CFIDS/FM people?

    Susanne



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  5. BethM

    BethM New Member

    This does not sound fun at all! I'll look up trigeminal neuralgia, but I'd rather have a bad tooth, thank you! I keep hoping it'll settle back down so I can ignore it... I have so many other, more pleasant things to do than go to the dentist!!!

    Thanks for the replies and the good info, my friends.

    Peace,
    Beth.
  6. Menolisongster

    Menolisongster New Member

    It could just be that he missed one of the roots. Some have as many as 5 or 6. Or it could be an infection that runs along the gum. Not the tooth at all. If you don't catch it this could affect all your teeth and they end up having to cut your gum and scraping the bone to get rid of the infection.
    menoli
    abahabic to many
  7. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    I agree with Susanne. I suggest you read the book "Root Canal Cover-Up" by George E. Meinig, D.D.S. I am so glad I read it before my dentist suggested a root canal. Because I read the book, I got a bridge instead, done the right way, by having part of the bone and tissue around the pulled tooth cut away. I think this book should be read by everyone with a compromised immune system who still has teeth in their mouth.
    Klutzo
  8. herekitty

    herekitty New Member

    My first and only root canal took many months to settle down - now it gives me no trouble. No one could tell me why, but they did tell me it wasn't that unusual. I also had terrible trouble with a crown recently, and found there was a minute piece of cement stuck between the teeth - you might try flossing like a madwoman. I couldn't believe the pain it caused (my whole cheek and jaw hurt, plus my ear!), and it didn't feel like the usual "stuck" thing. It went on for days - then the little chip of cement popped out and life is much better!
    Kitty =^..^=
  9. Dara

    Dara New Member

    in my mouth. At least half of the teeth that had a root canal became infected later, sometimes only a month or so later, sometimes six months or more. And also a "lot" of tooth pain after a root canal. I know it doesn't make sense, if they removed the nerve then how can you have a toothache? I have one molar that was done almost two years ago and it still gives me problems. I at one time said I would never have another root canal because invariably I had to go back and have it removed and then have the expense of a bridge, where possible. I would not wait any length of time because if it is abcessed you need to be put on antibiotics and/or have it extracted. Good Luck.

    Dara
  10. herblady

    herblady New Member

    when i was in my mind thirties all my teeth started rotting out. i think i had almost all of them root canaled. and they all went bad. they kept redoing them, i spent thousands. i finally found a dentist who had mercy on me and yanked them all. i now have beautiful dentures and no more tooth pain, no more dentists. i don't know why all my root canals went bad but i'm glad i had them pulled. cindi
  11. TeaBisqit

    TeaBisqit Member

    I actually had two teeth pulled because of this illness. I had terrible face pain and jaw pain. And I did feel alittle better after the teeth were out. They both had old deep fillings and my dentist said that in all his forty years of practice he had never seen that much mercury jammed so close to the roots before. But there wasn't a huge overall health improvement. But I never got the same facial pain again. I also had all the wisdom teeth taken out for the same reason. I've had two dentists tell me they thought my facial and jaw pain was a virus attacking the roots and nerves of my teeth. I've also had a few root canals. I have found that it can take a week or two for it to really calm down, but everyone is different. And if the tooth is still sensitive, I'd either go back or go somewhere else and have it looked at. I had one done badly once where I was left with a nerve that was constantly jumping. It was awful, I went back and the guy's partner fixed it and apologized.

    TeaBisqit
  12. BethM

    BethM New Member

    with the responses! Interestingly, yesterday this awful tooth was very painful, even felt a little loose and raised up. Today it doesn't hurt at all. Very strange. What the heck is NORMAL, anyway??? I just don't know anymore.

    I'll check back with the dentist or the endodontist, not sure which one yet, soon as I can manage that. Too many crises going on right now!

    Thanks for the good words, and I am so sorry to hear that so many of you have had such dental woes! I am praying mine stops with this silly tooth. My fault, with Dentyne gum parked on my back teeth all through high school. Didn't have the sugarless stuff then.

    Peace,
    Beth.