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Jaw pain following root canal
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Jaw pain following root canal

I had a root canal 5 days ago. My tooth which is a molar finally feels no pain following 2 years of pain. Now my jaw is very sore and it's getting hard to open my mouth to eat. I have also devloped a pretty nasty sore on my gums.   Is this normal?  Do I need to call my dentist?  I did refuse pain meds other than ibuprofen.
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I would call your dentist to let them know.  I don't imagine its an infection but its possible it may be.  I'm thinking it may be due to the root canal treatment and being open for a long time and possibly the jaw is sore and tired.  The sore on the gums may be from the rubber dam clamp they use to put the rubber shield on when doing a root canal.
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