I had a root canal done a year ago, but my tooth is still hurting. My dentist said the root canal looks fine. What could be causing the aching?
Karen P.- Boise, ID
There are several reasons a tooth could still hurt after a root canal treatment. It is possible the crown is seated too high. Have your dentist check your bite. If you bite down on a crown that is seated too high, it could cause the tooth to hurt.
Another possibility is that you grind or clench your teeth at night. Your dentist can look for signs of grinding. If that is the case, he or she can make you a night guard to protect your teeth and that should help deal with the pain.
There is also the chance that the tooth is cracked. This is kind of difficult to diagnose, so if the other things don’t pan out, you may need to see an endodontist.
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