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Root Canals Ask The Periodontist Marie Schweinebraten Question:
Root Canal - Strange Pain: I had a root canal about 6 weeks ago and I had a crown put on about 4 weeks ago.

The tooth feels great no pain there at all! However, I'm having a shooting pain (it's not bad just strange and annoying) that goes from my top gum right above the tooth that had the root canal and goes up to my cheek right next to my nose.

Is this nerve damage? Is there something in there?

Again, I'm not in pain I only feel it when I'm putting my make up on and I touch that area or sometimes when I laugh I will feel it....it's just weird and I have no idea if this will go away or if it's permanent damage from the root canal procedure or the numbing medication used? ...Visitor from IN

Your symptoms suggest the remote possibility that your sinus cavity floor has been breached.

Breaches of the sinus cavity floor can be common occurences when upper tooth structures are treated, including routine deep fillings or replacements, root canal procedures, extractions and dental implant surgery.

The best resource for a "tissue level" analysis of what is going on.... and why... is an Implant Periodontist. Sinus Lift procedures, which incorporate an injectable form of bone grafting material into the affected site .... are the "usual fix" for these types of treatment needs.

Videos of this procedure are on this website....

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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