Were you unfortunate enough to have just had a root canal done? We know. They’re terrible but sometimes, a necessary evil. If you’re experiencing pain after your root canal, before you panic, there are a number of possible causes of pain.

After your root canal is completed, no living pulp tissue remains inside the tooth, however nerve endings remain in the ligaments that attach the tooth to the surrounding bone. These ligaments have nerve fibers associated with them that can feel pain. They are the primary source of any post root canal pain.

Another possible cause of pain can include inflammation of the periapical tissues after your root canal. This inflammation may be due to extruded sealer or over instrumentation during the endodontic procedure. Sometimes the root canal files go past the apical terminus and can either inject some debris periapically or just damage the ligaments. This inflammation usually resolves by itself given enough time.

Another source of post root canal discomfort is a high bite and can easily be corrected by Midway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. If you bite down, with nothing in your mouth and your root canaled tooth hurts, then your bite should more than likely be adjusted.

Other possible causes of pain are a persistent infection or a root fracture. If a root canal is completed, but an infection still is present around the periapical area, a retreatment may be required especially if significant time has gone by without the infection getting better. Sometimes, an infection can be caused by a fracture of the tooth in question and in that case the tooth usually has a hopeless prognosis and requires extraction.

If you are experiencing persistent pain after you root canal, please call us immediately at 678-393-1868. Our office is located at 4928 Atlanta Hwy. Alpharetta, GA 3004. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook!

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