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Pain after Root Canal

Pain after Root CanalRoot canal treatment is performed to eliminate pulp infections, stopping pain and saving teeth as a result. In some cases, however, patients may also experience pain after root canal. When this happens, patients should contact our dentist to determine if they need re-treatment or other procedures. Here is more about why pain might occur after root canal and how the problem may be resolved.


Causes of Post-Treatment Pain

Pain after root canal can occur for a variety of reasons. Among these are persisting periodontal inflammation from the procedure, bruxism, new abscesses and ghost pain in the nerves that have been removed. When the infection prompting root canal is more severe, post-treatment pain is likely to be greater. Because a serious infection may be present, an examination is necessary to identify the cause and pinpoint an effective solution.


Root Canal Failure

In most cases, root canal treatment is successful, but in rare circumstances, infections may remain or re-occur after treatment. To address this issue, our dentist may recommend re-treatment, consisting of repeated root canal treatment, or root canal surgery, in which our dentist will work to eliminate the infection through a different process.

When patients experience pain after root canal, the cause may be inconsequential or serious. This makes an exam important to prevent possible complications and ensure that the tooth can be saved. To learn more about pain following root canal treatment and the methods that may be used to resolve it, patients can schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles endodontist.

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