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Question:
I had root canal done last week on Monday on a molar on the right bottom. I have had pain ever since. When the dentist was giving me a novacaine shot in the back of my inside jaw, as he fished around for the right spot I felt a racing pain to a lower front tooth. It was like an electrical shock pain. Once the novacaine kicked in I didn't feel any major pain.

Once the novacaine wore off I was in so much pain I could not sleep. The dentist gave me an antibiotic and pain killer after a few days of waiting. What could be the cause of such pain a week and a half later? It still feels about the same. If I don't take advil or some other kind of pain killer the tooth starts throbbing and the pain radiates throughout my tooth, jaw and the side of my tongue. Should I seek another dentist or just stick it out as he says?

Answer:
If the infection inside the root was not cleaned enough or if the canal became contaminated during the procedure you may experience pain. Since I do not know the whole history of your problem and do not know the your condition before the treatment I suggest to follow your dentist's advice and see what is going to happened in a few days.

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