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Question:
I have had a retreatment of a root canal a month ago due to an abcess. I have had it xrayed today and bone is growing in but some infection still exists.

The endodontist is ok with watching it. The problem is I am in pain and we don't know why.

Would the pain be because bone is growing back? The pain is probably about a 5 or 6 out of 10. What other reasons would there be for being in pain-damaged nerve in jaw possibly? ...Visitor from NC

Answer:
Unfortunately, not all root canals are 100% effective, for a number of reasons. When they are, the nerve is supposed to be incapable of generating a perception of stimulation (or pain). Branched and hidden canals are probably the most common reason some root canals can require retreatment. Canals that can't be seen ..... can't be treated as effectively.

There is a remote possibility that the nerve tissue in the affected tooth is still generating an impulse. If there is inaccessible tissue that continues to be problematic, some dentists would recommend a dental implant replacement, especially if it is a molar tooth.

Our bite pressures in the posterior areas of the jaw are quite high... and can cause problems for many types of conservative tooth treatments

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