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Posted by David on December 02, 2000 at 12:56:21:

In Reply to: Re: Had root canal weeks ago......has been retreated 4 times...still pain...HELP!! posted by Tracy on October 12, 2000 at 03:31:36:

: : Hi. I have posted here about my upper right side next to last tooth having constant pain (sorry, I can't remember the real tooth number). Anyway, I had a root canal on it about a month ago. When I went back to see the dentist about a week later, I informed him pain was still there (no different). Dentist went ahead and opened it (said I probably had gas built up inside) and basically retreated it. Went back to dentist about one and a half weeks later, informed him pain was still there (I know the difference between pain and soreness). Dentist went ahead and opened it up again, retreated it again, but this time prescribed penicillin with it because I had an infection (I'm not sure why I wasn't given penicillin after the first root canal). Took penicillin for seven days, pain still there. I also forgot to mention that they prescribed me painkillers twice (which helped but masked the problem

: : Went back to dentist yesterday, he opened tooth again and proceded to retreat it AGAIN except this time he filled it with medicine. After numbness wore off, the tooth was THROBBING, didn't get any sleep last night. Went back to dentist this morning where he proceded to remove medicine from tooth (he thinks I had an allergic reaction to the medicine) and went ahead and put a different medicine in it. It is now 8:40p.m. and tooth is pretty sore, I am hoping I won't have major pain like last night & early this morning.

: : I know this is VERY LONG, but I need some serious advice (I am at the end of my rope!). I want to have this tooth pulled, I don't think it will ever get any better. I am 20 years old and do not have a lot of money. Everyone at the dentist's office is so nice and they have never charged me for any of these "extra" visits. I asked the dentist how far should I go for one tooth, he said I could get it pulled but he also said that sometimes root canals simply don't work and it's also possible I have accessory canals that he cannot see and I would need to see a specialist. I think I want the tooth pulled.

: : Thank you for reading, please respond with ANY advice, I will certainly appreciate it.

: Cindy,
: I know this is going to sound stupid, but are you sure you had the right tooth treated? Toothaches can be tricky...sometimes you will feel pain in your top teeth, when it is a bottome one that is abcessed! Also, a root canal in one tooth can cause one near it to flare up.
: I have had 8 root canals :-( , and this kind of stuff has happened to me. You can tell if a tooth is hot by having your dentist tap it with the blunt end of his pick; it won't feel good if he hits a hot one, but at least you'll know.
: Good Luck!
My dentist has always sent me to specialists for anything more complicated than fillings, e.g., he's sent me to dental surgeons for extractions and to endodontists for root canals. These procedures are complicated, your particular circumstances may easily lead to unusual problems, if these problems are not properly dealt with they can easily lead to unpleasant consequences. Even though I've had difficult extractions and root canals, I've never experienced extraordinary pain or failed procedures. I'm sure this is because the work was done by appropriately trained and experienced practitioners. As a counter-example, my cousin's dentist attempted to remove my cousin's impacted
wisdom teeth. He botched the job and after days of excruciating pain my cousin wound up having to pay large amounts of money to an oral surgeon and undergo several lengthy procedures to correct work that the oral surgeon could have done properly, relatively painlessly, and inexpensively in the first place.

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