Also, I have had much anxiety over this and am wondering if this could prevent it from healing faster? I am just anxious, have no patience (although I need to) and I guess I was expecting it to completely be gone after the root canal.....
I know this is not realistic and I appreciate any and all feedback. My dentist and Endo said it could be a couple of weeks or even months before it fully heals itself.
Thanks for your input and time!
Thank You very much Dr. Chen. You have been very helpful in alleviating some of my anxiety!
I have full feeling back in the area, however, now I get a "burning" sensation that I never had before that is uncomfortable. Is this a good thing? It really comes and goes...I don't feel it all the time - sometimes I feel back to 99% normal. The tingling also went away for the most part (just a little now and then)....now it's just the burning in the corner of my mouth and 1/2 inch near my chin/jawline. I hope this means it's healing! It's been about 4 weeks since my root canal. Is this a good sign?
The location is the nerve bundle under tooth #31....extent of damage from infection is unknown. Thanks so much for your kind and informative responses. I do feel that it is getting better 12 weeks in...sometimes I think I don't feel the tingling/burning too much (or it doesn't bother me much - just slightly), then other days it's worse (and always when I'm more stressed - I have a history of anxiety issues, which I take periodic medication for and recently discovered that I have gastritis, due to stress, which is extremely painful). Needless to say, this doesn't help the healing process!!
I still have a temp filling in this tooth....what are the consequences if I get the temp crown placed in January? Is that too long? Reason being is that I have bite issues, clenching, etc., and thought I would wait for it to heal longer. I have it scheduled for October, but have some issues with getting it done since the nerve is still symptomatic.
Thanks again in advance for your professional input!
I had my root canal done approx 4 1/2 mos. ago and 1 week ago I've had the crown prep done and am now awaiting my final restoration next week. I still have some periodic tingling/burning sensation on the corner of my lip and sometimes feels like it's burning "in" the tooth, but appears to be less often (once/twice a week) - seems like the sensations move around somewhat. Post x-ray 2 months ago appears to be fine. I've now noticed that I have a slight sore throat after the crown prep (not everyday though). What could that be from? Could it be that the infection could have affected my wisdom tooth (horizontally impacted) or am I just a hypochondriac? I've never felt this until the crown prep.....
My last question, I promise! After all of this pain and aggravation to tooth #31 (root canal, inflammation of the nerve bundle, etc.), the tooth was shaved down 5 months ago to prevent it from hitting the tooth above it to promote healing. In addition, tooth #30 had a crown that was also shaved down 3 months ago due to problems I was having with it. My dentist wanted both teeth to calm down, but as a result it shifted my bite on that side and my front pre-molars on that side were hitting hard due to not having the back two molars for support. I adjusted by not chewing on that side, making sure I didn't bring my teeth together during the day and wearing a nightguard.
Now I have had both crowns done and adjusted - they feel fine, but I still hit my front premolars first and have to work harder to bring my mouth together correctly on that side. Did something shift with my bite over the past 5 months? Is my jaw muscle just weaker or stiffer on that side due to not being in the correct position for so long? I figured once I had those 2 teeth for support everything would go back to normal. My dentist made a slight adjustment to the pre-molar, but it made no difference and he's hesitant to do more. Will my bite adjust back with time or do I go back to have the pre-molar adjusted? My jaw does pop sometimes, but after reading symptoms of tmj, mine is not that severe and I never had any problems until those back 2 teeth were shaved down so they could heal.
Thanks so much for your time!