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Root Canals Ask The Endodontist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
I had a root canal almost a month ago on an eye tooth.

A hard knot on the root is still there and still hurts, so my dentist wouldn't fill it, but prescribed me penicillin and told me to wait.

The tooth directly below it hurts too now, and so do other spots on the jaw.

I had jaw realignment surgery about 20 years ago; could the root canal have somehow damaged the metal connectors in my jaw and thrown off the jaw's adjustment? ...Visitor from OH

Answer:
I question leaving the root canal unfilled. Maybe it's time to see an endodontist (root canal specialist) to get to the end of the root canal. I have a feeling that finishing this will make your bite more normal, and may calm down the other places that are hurting.

I doubt that this has affected the metal connectors in your jaw; they should be well integrated into the bone by now.

I just think that the unfinished root canal is causing swelling of the ligament that is between the root of the tooth and the bone, making that tooth slightly longer, and the biting changes from this are affecting your bite and putting pressure on other teeth.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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