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Question:
I had slight sensitivity to cold/hot and could not chew on a lower left molar. I had a root canal on Friday, it went well...there was no pain after or for the next day (other than slight sensitivity when I would bite down on it). I was told that the cold/hot sensitivity would disappear and it has, but that the pain from biting would not until I have a crown (it was stated the pain is probably coming from a crack in the tooth).

Last night around 3:00 AM I was awoken with a terrible throbbing in my tooth (this was the third night after my root canal). I made an appointment to see my dentist and was prescribed antibiotics and pain medication. I was told I can not have the crown put on until this pain subsides. I was told to take two antibiotics for the first dose and then one every six hours.

I've taken the first and second doses and the pain has not lessened. My tooth feels so much worse than it did before the root canal, I feel the sensation of wanting it to be pulled from my mouth. I don't understand how this could be happening or what will need to be done. ...Visitor from PA

Answer:
Seek a second opinion with a new x-ray, the root canal may not be properly done. It usually takes 24-48 hrs for the antibiotic to work.

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