Re: 4 root canals in the same tooth?
Hang on in there. Dental pain is something incredible. I have had ongoing problems for 2 years now. Everything started with my wisdoms and then a root canal gone wrong. Not everyone's body is made for root canals. There are two theories, one is pro root canal treatment and the other is against. In my case, I have to agree with the anti-theory. I have had three "perfect" root canals performed on three teeth and two have caused almost septic reactions and have been extracted. I am foolishly hanging on to the third. Root canals can cause heart problems, septicaemia, rheumatism etc. Your options are, keep playing the game and wasting money and hoping the tooth will "settle" and find out two years down the road that your joints are aching for no reason and end up pulling your tooth anyway, if it is not too late and the bacteria has not yet crept into your heart valves. Root canals are dirty business. A friend of mine with 3 root canals was convinced they had a "tennis" elbow for years. Finally, the root canalled teeth became so unbearable they were extracted and guess what? So did the tennis elbow. This individual was well into his 60s. I have had my blood tested for all sorts of viruses and what have you because I felt so crummy all the time. Deep in the back of my mind I knew that a foul taste and throb was coming from one of the rc teeth (done a year ago), so out of utter frustration I had it pulled and my rheumatism is gone and my enlarged spleen is also back to normal. I guess I am part of the anti-root canal group now from my own experience so my point of view is not very optimistic. If you feel ill, pull it. You will end up popping antibiotics like candy every time you feel the tooth acting up but it will never settle down if you are not the root canal "type." It is not worth losing your energy, zest for life, and life for a tooth, despite what all dentists say. It is strictly a business issue.
For now, keep rinsing with special mouthwash around the tooth to keep the bacteria to a minimum. I always found that helpful, especially once the gums around the rc teeth started to get affected. I could always literally feel my mouth becoming infested, especially when the weather was hot. Just frequent brushing kept things calm. Pain killers supposedly do diddly is there really is a bad infection in there. Try reading up on the anti-root canal and pro-root canal theories online. That will help you make your mind up.
Until then, keep rinsing and drink a lot of water to rinse the infection out of your body as well.
Take good care