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Root Canal not working!
Anon_229687 posted:
I had a root canal 4 wks ago and again a couple of weeks later for the same tooth by a very reputable endodontic doctor. After being done twice I was still experiencing pain and was put on amoxicillian for a week, then keflex, then cipro and finally a metrol (steroid) for 6 days. Nothing has worked and the pain has returned to almost unbearable now. I am at my wits end and I believe my doctor is too, should I just have the tooth pulled, what else can be done??? I need some relief from pain, living on tylenol, vicodin for almost 6 weeks now. Been reading horror stories about root canals gone bad, well I am one of those patients and am in dire need of some help!
Zev Kaufman, DDS responded:
Dear Anon_220687: I was just directed to your question by my trusty moderator. I hope that by now you have gotten some relief from the pain, and better yet, that you have obtained a DIAGNOSIS for your situation. I receive many questions online where people suffer from pain, medication and treatment is rendered, but the true reason for the situation is unknown. Since you have a good relationship with your dentist, ask him to direct you to a colleague whom he trusts for a second opinion. Look for a fracture in an adjacent tooth, or possibly an opposing tooth. A cone Beam CT scan might help with a closer look at the offending tooth and its neighbors. Sometimes it is a different tooth that is giving the problem. I know it has been two weeks since you have posted the question and I am curious as to the reason for your pain and the solution. Please let us know what transpires. Best of luck, Dr. Zev Kaufman

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