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Root Canals Ask The Dentist Edward Leventhal Question:
Post Operative Root Canal (RCT) Pain:
I had a root canal on my second to back upper left molar. The dentist said it appeared that the root went into the sinus.

Since the root canal I'm still having sharp pain in the tooth, vertigo, and I'm having hand tremors that I've never had before.

I went to the dentist, and he said my bite was a little off, so he adjusted my bite. He also said that the tremors and vertigo were not related and I needed to see a neurologist.

I'm 38 years old, an ER nurse, and have never had these problems before. Could this be related?? I'm MISERABLE!!!! ...Visitor from LA

Answer:
I have never seen a relationship between vertigo, hand tremors and a root canal, but you most certainly should be out of pain from that molar.

If any portion of the root canal tooth is hitting the lower teeth when you close yout teeth together, you will experience pain.

Just because the dentist "adjusted the bite", he might not have removed all contact.

I have seen emergency patients in my practice with the same pain scenario from a recent root canal as you describe and upon inspection I did not understand why a dentist who adjusted the bite did not complete the job to take the patient out of pain.

Have the root canal tooth taken totally out of occlusion. When the root canal tooth is totally out of occlusion, you will be able to close your mouth fast and hard without experiencing any pain at all.

Once the pain is gone, see if the tremors and vertigo are still with you.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300

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