Congratulations on your new baby!!
Time and dissipation of symptoms would indicate that the pain is linked to the trauma and inflammation. If the pain gets worse or starts all by itself without chewing, then the teeth would have to be re-evaluated. The fact that #15 hurt after the root canal could indicate a fractured tooth, however, it is common for root canal teeth to hurt to some degree because they are inflamed and infected. So those symptoms are typical.
The shooting pain can be indicative of a nerve issue or sinus inflammation. That tooth may have been very close to you sinuses. If so, then that has to heal also. Was there any mention of a sinus exposure or perforation??
I would suggest that you try not to bite or chew on that side of your mouth for a week or so. See if that helps at all. That entire quadrant is upset and chewing on those teeth may be adding insult to injury.
Just a thought.........has your dentist checked your bite to see if you are hitting on that side more so than the right side? I ask that question because you had a crown placed on #15 and had some additional bite adjustments to try and ease up the bite on that crown. Perhaps the dentist adjusted the bite to fit that crown and now that the tooth is gone, the bite may be off. If that's the case, then you would have pain when chewing on that side and another bite adjustment may be helpful. He could check the occlusion very easily to tell if that is a problem or not.
I wish I could be more specific... but I would refrain from eating on that side and also see the dentist to check the bite. Then give it a few weeks to calm down... if it gets worse in that time frame, see your dentist for further evaluation.
Hope that was helpful!
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Originally Posted by prwier
Hi - thank you for the reply, excellent explanation.
If the pain doesn't go away in a few weeks, what might be wrong (and more importantly, how might it be fixed)?
After the root canal, that tooth hurt when biting or even when pushing up on it with a finger or tongue. The pain in the other upper left teeth is different now; not painful with a tongue push, but painful when biting down (gently or hard) against the lower teeth. If i bite just the right way, the pain seems to shoot up my cheek towards the eye. Does that suggest anything in particular? Or do I really need to "wait it out"?
Also, I had a baby 5 months ago (right before the root canal) and am still nursing. Not sure if that has anything to do with anything, but thought I'd let you know so you have more of the picture. I also had shingles about 1.5 months ago over the right (other side) eye, that was treated with antivirals.
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