I am in so much pain and need some help. I had a root canal treatment three years ago. It started to hurt again a few weeks ago. I went in to see my dentist and he said it is re-infected and did a root canal re-treatment. He prescribed me some antibiotics. It got better for a little bit, but now I’m even worse. I called back and he said some people take longer than others to get better. I just don’t know what to do. I can’t take the pain. What is my next step because I’m not sure my dentist is on target here?
While it is not unheard of for a root canal treatment to need re-treatment, the chances of the re-treatment being successful go down each time it has to be done. Your dentist started out with a good plan, but has gone downhill from there.
It is true that some people take longer to heal than others. However, they don’t start to get better and then get worse again. That is a sign there is still an infection present. The only reason you likely felt better at first was because of the antibiotics. Once those wore off, the infection flared back up.
In this case, I think you need to forgo your current dentist and see a root canal specialist. If you have insurance, they will be listed as an endodontist. Let them know what is going on and they should schedule you for an urgent care appointment. Don’t put this off. Tooth infections are considered dental emergencies and you don’t want this to spread.
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