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But you SHOULDN'T Be Feeling Any Pain!!! Can this tooth be saved?

If one more dentist says "But you SHOULDN'T be feeling any pain" - I dont know what I will do.

Two weeks ago a dentist said my bite was really off and decided to help it out by "grinding down" a crown on the lower left hand side of my mouth" As he begins to grind I tell him that it is hurting me and ...you guessed it....he says "BUT YOU SHOULDN'T BE FEELING ANY PAIN". (Oh, I'm sorry, I was LYING)

Sigh...How many times have I heard that? The last time I heard that, I ended up having a tooth pulled due to pain, but  there was no obvious sign of infection and they could not tell if it was cracked. (it was a tooth that had a root canal) Both of these teeth sit on top of a nerve that was damaged during a root canal procedure about two years ago - the damage stayed for almost 6 months. Thereafter any other dental work on the lower left hand side of my mouth took weeks to completely heal because of the nerve sensitivity.

The tooth currently giving me a problem also has a root canal and a crown and is on the lower left side of my mouth. Ever since I had that root canal, almost two years ago as well, it has bothered me off and on. Now I feel really stupid, because I was having NO PROBLEMS with it until I let dentist ground down the crown. It does not give me pain unless I accidently forget and chew on it.

Can the tooth be saved?

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Your descriptions appear that you felt pain when the dentist did selective grinding of a tooth which was crowned and root canaled. In general, it's true that you should not feel any pain. However, all pains are real.The possibility of your pain source may be vibration of slow speed handpiece or high speed handpiece. Slow speed handpiece generates more vibration than high pseed handpiece does.The offending tooth is probably very sensitive to pressure or mobile.If there is no jaw bone pathology associated with the tooth, the common source of pain is occlusal trauma.Less frequently, it may be referred pain from masticatory musculature. Seeing an occlusionist or prosthodontist is advised.
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Find out what was used in your root canal.  Specifically ask if anything that contained formaldehyde was used and then if Sargenti Paste was used.  

There are dentists using this FDA REJECTED root canal material that contains formaldehyde, and sometimes lead and mercury.  There are many in the dental field (about 99% of them) who wouldn't use this stuff if they had to.  There are cases like mine of immediate problems and some that show up months to years downstream.  The name of it is Sargenti Paste aka Sargenti cement, N2, RC2B, RC2W....  Most likely it isn't your problem because so few use it but, like me, you can run into the bad apples.   If an endo did your root canal, it is less likely that this was used because the American Dental Association's only approved and accredited endodontic board has a strong position against it.  However, I wouldn't assume that every endo wouldn't...there are bad eggs in every bunch.

If that was used, I suggest you find a dental attorney as they dentists know that they are using a material that the FDA has rejected and the dental community is against.  Not everyone ends up with significant problems but sinus infections, recurrent infections are some of the minor issues.  You can search for more about Sargenti Paste in google.  There was nothing out there when I was injured.  I've made sure that changed so others don't end up like me.  ALWAYS ASK IF FORMALDEHYDE IS BEING USED...even if you've gone to the same dentist for decades....you'd be surprised about the dentists use it...in secrecy of course.
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