Posted by: Scared Witless | 2004/10/15


Root canal


I had root canal done about 6 months ago on a back molar. After the procedure I had sores in my mouth causing terrible pain for about 2 weeks. The dentist did tell me that he "unfortunately" cut my gums because the corners of my mouth are very small. I still have pain in the tooth. How can it be painfull when the nerves have been removed? My second question is that I have to return for the crown but am so scared now that I would acually rather live with the pain. It is the last tooth in the back of my mouth and I felt it could rather have been removed, specially as I have too many teeth in my mouth and it is pushing my front teeth scew. I found the root canal process very traumatic as the dentist kept telling me to keep my tongue out of the way otherwise it could be cut off with the drill.
I don't want to go back, I'm so scared. What should I do?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert


The pain you are experiancing in the tooth is most likely due to some bacteria still remaining in the root canal system. There may also still be remnants of nerve tissue remaining.
DO NOT DO the crown if pain is still persisting in the tooth. The tooth has to be pain free for a crwon to be done.
Let your dentist take an x-ray to make sure there are no signs of infection near the roots of the teeth.

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