I had a broken tooth that became infected. I went to the dentist, who suggested I get a root canal. I had the root canal done about three weeks ago by an endodontist, and afterward, my tooth started hurting even more. I can't put any pressure one it or I get a shooting pain that goes into my gum. I've been taking pain medicine just so I can eat and I've had a round of antibiotics before the root canal, and one after. It still hurts. I got an x-ray last Friday, but didn't get a clear answer. The endodontist said it was just inflammed and it would heal eventually and my dentist said I had resistant bacteria in there and gave me yet another round of antibiotics (3rd round), which isn't working so far. I'm getting frustrated. I'd love to be able to eat without excruciating pain. What should I do? Should I just have that tooth extracted?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 13 - June - 2011, at 19:04 PM

  • If after 3 weeks of treatment and 3 rounds of antibiotcs, you still have pain then that means your Root canal treatment is not done properly and there is still infection. In this case you will have to go for Re-Root canal treatment in which old fillings will be removed and after treating the tooth again the new filling will be done in canals. Though it is difficult to decide treatment plan for you without clinical and radiographical examination but your symptoms definately point out the presence of infection and the need for re-root canal treatment. You can take a second opinion from different Endodontist before deciding for re-root canal treatment. For more info on problems after root canal treatment you can read this article.... www.identalhub.com/article_complications-and-care-after-root-canal-therapy-106.aspx

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