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Root Canals Ask The Dentist Ira Koeppel Question:
Root Canal Therapy:
I had my root canal a month ago. It was the 2nd one on the same tooth.

This time after the surgery, as usual, my dentist put a temporary crown. However after 8 days there was a sharp pain in my jaw. He said there was a defect in the crown and food particles might have come into contact with the root canal area.

However by then a sharp pain in my jaw started and for a month I kept using a temporary crown. Last week I went to a specialist who did an x ray but said all was good. This pain had reduced a lot but the past few days it has returned.

My jaw hurts whenever I chew especially something hard. The pain radiates to the ear mildly. Do I have a jaw infection? Antibiotics have only helped to some extent. ...Visitor from Singapore

Answer:
Good question, it is hard to tell without examining you.

It sounds like either you have a TMD problem or the tooth might have a fracture in it.

If it is fractured it will have to be extracted and usually I recommend a implant. I would see a TMJ specialist or someone that treats TMJ.

Ira D. Koeppel, D.D.S.
New York Reconstructive Dentistry
126 Gnarled Hollow Road
East Setauket Long Island, NY 11733
(631) 689-9777

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