About one and one-half years ago I noticed that a crown that had been place on one of my left bottom molars (#19 I believe) had become a food trap. Two weeks ago, I had the root canal. The DMD who perfomed it (they do not have an endodontist at this clinic) had difficulty getting my mouth numb to start with. He had to give me three shots in the back corner of my mouth and also in my front of my mouth under the lip. He started the root canal, and I could still feel pain. He gave me two more injections in the root itself, which were very painful. I could feel everything he was doing, and the procedure was excrutiatingly painful. I have never experienced pain during a dental procedure before. All he said was that it had never been so difficult to get a patient numb before. I knew that I was in trouble, meaning that I knew it was going to be painful following the procedure due to the level of pain I was experiencing. I was a little nervous prior to the procedure, but I had taken valium, so I wasn't extremely anxious or anything. He told me that the tooth would be sore for "a couple of days," that I should be careful while chewing, and to take tylenol for any discomfort. After the procedure, I had a throbbing pain in the opposite (lower right) side actually. I do experience pain there sometimes. I think it is due to the facts that one tooth is missing, I normally did not chew on the opposite side, and it has been doing all of the work for the past year and a half or so (due to the fact that I have been unable to chew on the left side because of the pain). I normally chewed on the right
side until it began to ache about 1 side about 1 1/2 years ago. I also have temporomandipular joint disorder.
Two weeks after my root canal, my tooth continues to ache, and moreso, but in a different way. As before it was a continuous sometimes intermittent ache that sometimes throbbed, now it is often a stabbing or piercing pain, and a continuous ache.
I went back to my general dentist, who put me on antibiotics. The antibiotics did not seem to be helping my pain after six days, so I went back to see the dentist who had performed the root canal. He told me that it could not be an infection due to the fact that the tooth was not infected before I had the root canal done. He said maybe it was inflammation, and advised that I take NSAIDS, which I am unble to do due to gastritis. He said he didn't think the problem was in the tooth itself, and he did