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Question:
Root canal doesn't feel complete: I had a root canal two weeks ago on left front tooth single root.

I was having hot and cold symptoms on the tooth and tingling and sensitive to the touch in the gum area above the tooth. No infection showed on the x-ray. After the root canal I still have the tingling and sensitivity to the gum area above the root canaled tooth.

I completed antibiotics as told, amoxicillin 500mg.what could be causing this discomfort. ...Visitor from VA

Answer:
In theory, a successful root canal therapy removes inflammed or infected tissue along with any remaining nerve tissue. The perception of pain or other symptoms of discomfort is eliminated.

Root canaled tooth structures that continue to "deliver" sensations of pain or discomfort often suggests that the RCT procedure was not 100% successful. Root structures that are convoluted or having unusual branching typically can't be treated effectively.

Whether or not a retreatment of a Root Canal Therapy is warranted and/or sensible, it may be worthwhile to get an opinion from a tissue specialist who does not perform root canals. Consider getting a consult with a Periodontist who can assess the possibility of an internal fracture or other unusual tissue condition.

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