I had a root canal done by my dentist a month and a half ago. In the middle of it the dentist noted I had only 2 nerves instead of the usual 3 in this molar. He continued and drilled those 2 out. When putting my new crown on I had to have shots in my gum because I still felt pain 2 weeks after the root canal. When my new crown was put on and i chewed on it-it hurt, not too bad but like it might break if I ate something crunchy. The pain got worse and now a month after getting the crown put on I feel like I'm being tortured. It is sensitive to hot and cold-if I even touch it with my tongue or finger pain shoots through my tooth to my jaw to my shoulder. While I get periods of almost complete relief, the toothache comes in waves and throbs so bad I would liken the pain to having my leg cut off at the thigh with an axe and having to wait for help to come. I have come close to blacking out on several occasions and find my breathing pattern slows involuntarily when the tooth throbs. It throbs the right jaw top and bottom but it is still obvious the pain is coming from my root canal tooth. I went back to dentist and they x-rayed th tooth said it could be the bite needed adjusted. They smoothed it down some. Then they said they should charge me for looking at the tooth but they would let me slide. I said it was a follow up on THEIR root canal and they said it was my fault I let my tooth get so bad. Then oddly two days after that visit they sent me a letter saying dentistry required a confidence and trust and they couldn't reach that understanding with me so they think I would be better off consulting another dentist. I gave them all my money-1100 dollars and I am so much more miserable than before the root canal-I'm pretty sure something went wrong and now I have no money but the pain is so brutal in this tooth it goes to my brain when it throbs-I've felt major pain in my life but nothing compares to this blinding sharp throbbing. Its enough to make even the strongest man crumble to his knees and curl in a fetal position. I worry that the tooth broke underneath the crown or that he missed a nerve or didn't completely drill one of them out. Vicodin doesn't even phase this pain. Please help me with some information-now I have no money and no dentist.
i couldnt even finish reading this i am so appalled!! they should never charge you for looking at a tooth they didnt take care of correctly. that crown should have never ever been placed with your discomfort. that $$ is on them. you might just have a 3rd nerve they cant see, its not uncommon to have a "hidden" canal. you need a specialist. they willl have to go into the crown which in my opinion should be remade after at their charge. this dentist needs to do something to make it right. a dr that EVER tells you its your fault , in my opinion, is unprofessional and is covering up for their own mistake they know they made. i hope you get something done soon to alleviate your pain.
make sure you don't have an abcess/root canal infection. Get a second opinion and ask them to do an X-ray of the problem area to rule out the infection. The symptoms you are describing--throbbing pain, pain going into your brain, vicoding not helping, crown rising after root canal/initial crown installation--all seem to point in that direction.
I have had good experience with endodontists doign root canals and bad experience with general dentists doing them.
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