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Root Canal Question

I had a root canal done on the back molar 13 days ago.  Was put on Zithromax- 5 day pack.  On the 13th day, I had enough of the pain and I called the specialist and the lady answering the phone said that the pain is normal and to take advil.  I knew that this was strange to be going backwards with the pain so I stop off at My regular dentist and he gave me amoxicillan.  The pain almost feels like when I had a dry socket from an extraction years ago.  Can a root canal give you a dry socket and do you think my symptoms sound like an infection? Can a root canal fail?
Thanks,
Eileen
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A root canal cannot give you a dry socket.  Your pain is most likely inflammation or infection in the bone around the tooth root.

Approx. 10-15% of root canals fail.

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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