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root canal

Postby jean99 » Fri, 09 Jan 2009 8:13 pm

hi,

would anyone who has done a root canal treatment share his/her experience - does your tooth feel like a 'normal' tooth after the treatment ?

i did mine on a molar recently, and it feels slightly painful and 'tight' during and after chewing food. am i supposed to feel this way ? or is this a healing period, in which case for how long approximately will the discomfort end, if anyone has any experience ?

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Re: root canal

Postby gf » Mon, 12 Jan 2009 8:41 am

jean99 wrote:hi,

would anyone who has done a root canal treatment share his/her experience - does your tooth feel like a 'normal' tooth after the treatment ?

i did mine on a molar recently, and it feels slightly painful and 'tight' during and after chewing food. am i supposed to feel this way ? or is this a healing period, in which case for how long approximately will the discomfort end, if anyone has any experience ?

thks


hi,
i'm a dentist so i might be able to help with some of your questions.

after a root canal treatment (RCT) the tooth will not feel entirely like its "normal". this is because the nerves, blood vessels are removed from the tooth so essentially its "dead". "devitalised" is the technical term we use. the difference would not be that great though, since when u bite on the tooth, you can still feel pressure (comes from the gums, bone supporting the tooth)
Immediately after the RCT there may be discomfort and this is normal. its post-operative discomfort. its similar to any discomfort you might get with any other procedures, eg scaling and polishing, fillings etc.
However if the RCT is successfully completed, you should NOT feel persistent pain/discomfort. "healing period" varies but if you still feel pain/discomfort 1-2 weeks after the RCT is completed, do get your dentist to take a look at it again.
hope this helps.
cheers

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Postby jean99 » Fri, 16 Jan 2009 5:59 pm

hi,

thanks for the reply.
the pain/discomfort has subsided, just still feel the pressure from biting.

how different (in terms of feeling the pressure) will it be if i do the crown ?

jean

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Postby ksl » Sat, 17 Jan 2009 3:43 am

jean99 wrote:hi,

thanks for the reply.
the pain/discomfort has subsided, just still feel the pressure from biting.

how different (in terms of feeling the pressure) will it be if i do the crown ?

jean
depending how long ago you had it done, you shouldn't be feeling anything after the roots are out, I would say the dentist has left a tiny bit in there if you can feel it after a week! Should be okay after two or 3 days, though the pressure can come from other teeth surrounding it.


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