Posted by: Jay | 2008/06/02


Painful root canal

Hi there,
I had some root canal work done on one of the teeth in my lower
jaw some time ago.Eight years later it is still causing me consider-
able discomfort.I have been using Panado's and Dynexan to ease
the pain,but these only help for a while.I do not want to get into
the habit of using painkillers,and want to avoid having this tooth
extracted.Can your dental expert advise me what I should do
to alleviate this situation,as I am really experiencing a lot of pain?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

the root canal treatment needs to be assesed to see if it needs redoing. this is usually the best treatment modality. if this fails, an apicectomy ( the tip of the tooth root is removed) is performed.
see your dentist and have xrays taken to assess the first root canal treatment

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Posted by: Jay | 2008/06/02

Hi there,Dr.Hoosen,
Many thanks for your advice.Could you give some idea of the cost of an apicectomy,and whether this treatment is covered by medical aid.I would also like to know if this pro-
cedure can be carried out by my local dentist or by an
orthodontic specialist?

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