Root canal pain?? should this be?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by tandy, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. tandy

    tandy New Member


    Hi all~
    Just a question,...hoping someone will know whats up.(this time!)
    I had my 1st visit to get a root canal done yesterday.
    I have one more visit to complete it.
    They used that rubber dam thing and cleaned out the roots with those tiny file things. Then put a medicine in the canal and put a temp. filling in.
    Now all day today and last night that tooth is very sensitive/sore. Is that normal when you have that done?? will it wear off in a day or 2??
    Geeeez! I hope it worked!
    I sat in that chair with my mouth wide open for over an hr!! My jaw is very sore today.
    Thats all folks!! :)
    Hugs
    Tandy
  2. GBHope

    GBHope New Member

    Yes, your tooth will be sensitive. I'm assuming that they gave you antibiotics which I wish they didn't have to. I have a tooth bothering me now. Hope it goes away because I'm trying to treat yeast and would hate to have to take anything since I think I'm making progress. I have to take antibiotics because of a heart murmur.

    GBHope
  3. renae1979

    renae1979 New Member

    I had one done like 12 years ago. Mine was done in one session and I don't really remember much about it because I had Novocain and the gas. I do remember being swollen and in some pain for a couple days after though.

    I still have the temporary crown (had to get it because I had braces at the time of the root canal). Some day I'll spend the hundreds of dollars to get a permanent one to replace this one. But my dentist says it is one of the best temp. crowns he has ever seen and it is still in good condition, so there is no need to replace it right now.
  4. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I had 2 done quite a few years ago. I went to some type of specialist that did both of them at the same time, and did the entire thing all at once.

    I had enough anesteshia that I didn't feel a thing and don't remember my teeth being any more sore that evening or the next day than if I had had a filling.

    My teeth are really sensitive and I always have a lot of soreness later, as well as jaw pain. The root canals were not any different.

    I hope you get to feeling better soon.

    Hugs,
    Janet
  5. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    It's been about 20 years since I had mine, but I can remember that I was tender for a few days. Heck, the dentist gave me a prescription for Percocet, and honey, I sure appreciated that! I remember that I did not take all of the medicine, so the pain could not have continued very long.
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    The pain should clear up. Root canals are usually needed because a dying root has caused an infection. The medication should help clear up the infection. Where there is infection and necrotic tissue below the temporary filling, gas can build up and cause pain.

    A lot depends on the skill of the dentist doing the root canal. If he or she doesn't get all the root, it can cause other problems. I have an excellent endodontist now who does the whole procedure, even in molars, in one visit in about an hour to an hour and a half. He is soooo good. I'll never let a dentist do a root canal again. Root canals are all my endodontist does.

    Good luck to you and I hope the pain is gone once you get the procedure completed. I have three or four, one more than twenty years old, and I have never had any problems with any of them.

    Love, Mikie
  7. Empower

    Empower New Member

    I had one in April and had no pain at all

    You should call the doc and ask him/her if this is normal
  8. jane32

    jane32 New Member

    Tons of pain for me. I could not eat on my left side for 2 weeks! I don't think it was the root canal as much as the tearing of my gum. It was bleeding badly when he did it so I think the area was just sore from that. My crown still does not feel right to me so I need to go see him again-I hate my teeth-there is always an issue!
  9. tandy

    tandy New Member

    your help is apreciated much~

    Its very sore,even now as I type.
    Maybe things just got agravated?
    I did get a script for an antibiotic and started that today.(in case)
    I had to take 2 advil and 2 tylenol within an hrs time just to kill the pain.
    I'm bumming because if this is a sign that the root canal is'nt gonna work,..?? its a noticable tooth!!
    Its 2 over from the very front. (left side)
    oh dog dew!!
    I'm not happy :(
    and its the weekend now so I can't call the dentist.
    thanks to you all again,
    Hugs
    Tandy
  10. mrsED

    mrsED New Member

    I just had a root canal done in a back molar about 2 weeks ago. Being so far in the back it was difficult to keep my mouth open wide enough, so not only did the tooth hurt, but also my jaw. My tooth was very sore for over a week and I was beginning to think something was wrong, but then it stopped hurting completely.

    If we think about how much trauma the tooth, or roots I should say, go through during the procedure, I think it's understandable that it's going to hurt for a while.
    Hope you get relief soon.

    MrsEd
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Is a sign that the root canal won't work. There is almost always some pain during the procedure and just afterward. There are a lot of nerves in the area where yours is being done and there is probably a lot of referred pain just from the procedure. Give it time and good luck to you.

    Love, Mikie
  12. redtex

    redtex New Member

    some of you might be interested in what dr. george meinig and dr. weston price have to say about degenerative disease and root canals. i am thinking about having my root canal teeth removed. my fibro started after the first of two root canals. it might be just a coincedence. it is just something else to investigate. happy new years to all.
  13. tandy

    tandy New Member


    If someone should check this again today and see this update:
    I'm highly considering going to the er/urgent care.
    Its an upper tooth and I can feel my sinus area and towards my lower nose all swollen.
    Could it be abscessed??? I no doubt feel and see it swollen on that side. this is weirder than weird
    Will post later tonight
    Thanks agin
    Tandy
  14. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I wait it out and hope that the antibiotic kicks in soon.??? big decision time.
  15. kch64

    kch64 New Member


    There can be pain afterward. Sometimes the root canal tooth will have to be pulled anyway.

    My boss's wife had one a year ago, she got an infection then took meds, then she still had problems and her dentist said that some people can't tolerate root canals. They had to pull her tooth anyway.

    That was just for information. Yours will probably be fine once it is settled down.

    feel better.

    k.
  16. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Should be addressed. Pain, swelling, and bleeding are all dental emergencies. You could try calling your dentists. He should have given you a dental tool to removed the temporary filling to relieve the pressure.

    If a root canal continues to cause pain long after it's done, it likely was never done right. I just read where having teeth removed can very negatively impace overall health, so I think trying to save teeth is worth it as long as one has a good dentist/endodontist.

    Love, Mikie
  17. tandy

    tandy New Member

    and everyone who replyed here.

    I did go to the ER last night,as the swelling got BIG.
    I even lost the 'nose to mouth line' on one side due to swelling. It is abcessed or infected.
    They gave me a stronger/better antibiotic and Lortabs for pain. I'm glad I went.
    Hopefully I'm on my way to feeling better soon.
    What a way to spend New yrs eve.

    Happy New Yr. all :)
    Hugs
    Tandy
  18. Barberella2005

    Barberella2005 New Member

    Hi Tandy, don't worry, you will be sensitive for a while!
    I was in agonising pain til they sorted my root canal problem out. Unfortunately because my tooth was also in a sorry state I had to have a crown (my first), but while I was in the middle of my root canal treatment I went on holiday to a Greek island (I live in the UK). More of the same tooth broke while I was away and I had to seek emergency dental treatment with a recommended dentist who spoke no English! He sorted me out until I got back to London but I did have to re-start my root canal treatment again before I could have my new crown fitted. Lucky me eh! Best wishes for 2006! Barberella
  19. karatelady52

    karatelady52 New Member

    I want to tell you what has happened to me more than once for future reference for those who have root canals:

    I've had what I thought was pain coming from my root canals (twice this has happened) so I went to my dentist. She ran a few tests on it --- I think she used some sort of heat or ice --- then she sent me to the endodontist who did the root canal and he said it seemed fine.

    After a few days, the pain went away. Like I said, it happened a second time with another tooth a year or so later which I realized after getting to the dentist that it also was one of my root canals.

    At the time I thought I had CFS/FM but now know its lyme disease and viruses. Maybe it was trigger point pain but I guess its somehow related to these pain problems we all have.

    Now if it happens, I wait a few days and usually it will go away. Just wanted you all to know about this in case something similar happens to you.

    Tandy, I have a hard time at the dentist too -- I ask them not to tilt me so far backwards because it feels awful and my sinuses drain. My jaws always hurt for a day or so too. My sweet dentist will give me something to relax me because she knows how hard it is on me if she has to do any extensive work.

    Sandy
  20. tandy

    tandy New Member

    Good idea Sandy,.....
    I hate that chair tilted so far back!!
    and boy could I use a sedative type med before dental work! I get so nervous. Especially loooooong procedures.
    My sinus drained big time with this one! I could'nt even breathe or swallow very well,...which brought on some slight anxietys during the root canal.
    At least the er adressed my pain
    which is more than I ever get with my FM.

    Time to rest again :)
    Hugs
    Tandy