I recently (5 weeks ago) had a root canal in my right crowned front tooth by a very highly skilled Endodontist (he used a microscope). I still experience discomfort in this tooth, (no hot or cold). If my tongue touches the tooth, when I chew food or if I slightly push on the tooth it is sensitive. Should I give this a little longer, or should I contact my dentist and advise I am still experiencing discomfort? I have already had my permanent filling put in.
– Susan from Maryland
I can’t tell from what you’re telling me if something is wrong with this tooth or not. It’s typical for a tooth to be at least a little sensitive to pressure after a root canal treatment. Five weeks is a little long for this to be going on. But if it’s still getting better, it should be okay. If the root canal treatment caused a little swelling, which would cause this tooth to swell up a little in its socket so that you hit it first, it could take a while for that to heal itself.
If it is getting better from week to week, I wouldn’t do anything now. But when you go to your dentist for your next regular checkup, I’d ask them to x-ray this tooth and check it out, just to make sure it’s okay.
You may want to read more about pain after a root canal treatment.
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