Posted by: Ivan | 2009/02/12


Sensitivity after root canal


I have had a root canal done in July last year. I subsequently had to revisit the same dentist about 8 or 9 times since!. It is always the same thing. The tooth will be okay for about 2 weeks after the root canal then suddenly become sensitive - especially in the mornings. The sensitivity then gradually worsens until I cant chew anything on it. Then I go back and they open it up, either put in some antibiotics or redo the root canal. They have actually admitted to not knowing what the cause is.

Now it has been 3 weeks after the last root canal and they have filled it up with permanent filler. It has started to become sensitive again...although less so this time. I need to be conscience of what I chew on hard stuff.

I dont want to go back to them, neither do i want to lose my tooth (mollar). What are my options? How do I fix this? What is the cause ?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

root canal treatments do not have a 100% success rate.
If the tooth continues to be painful after repeated treatments, an apicectomy is your only other option. (the tip of the root is removed).
Before going ahead with this seek a second opinion on the root canal- an xray will show if the root canal looks ok.

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