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I have had a pain in/near my upper pre-molar for a few

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i have had a pain in/near my upper pre-molar for a few months. It is getting worse. Dentist said there was a cavity and due to the tooth being so close to the sinus and the cavity being very big he performed a root canal. This did not alleviate any of the pain. He tested the tooth and the root canal was a success. No pain coming from the tooth itself. So where is the pain coming from. Its a nagging throbbing constant pain.
JA: Is the pain consistent, or does it fluctuate?
Customer: used to fluctuate a few months ago but now it has gotten to the point of being constant
JA: Please give me a bit more information, so the dentist can help you best.
Customer: it feels like it might be coming from the gum but there is no lump or abscess or anything wrong with the gum that we can tell
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

Hello, Thanks for asking your question. I'm sorry to hear you are having a problem. When you said "he tested the tooth" and determined the root canal was a success, what did you mean? What was done to test the tooth? Can you get an xray of this area? Do you have other teeth in the area? Dr Magida

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he had me bite down on a plastic thing multiple times and he tapped the tooth and then took additional x rays and there was no pain when I bit down or tapped it.
Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

So, just so I am clear about things, you had a pain in an area and it was determined that a tooth with a deep cavity needed to have the nerve removed. However, upon removal of the supposedly bad nerve, the pain did not stop?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Correct
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It's a constant throbbing.
Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

Sorry for delay.. can you get an xray of the area? If there are other teeth in the area did the dentist "test" them?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
the other teeth in the area are fine and healthy
Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

Throbbing is usually an indication of an infection in a tooth. If your dentist cannot find where it is coming from than in this situation I would have you go to a root canal specialist who has one of the new 3-Dimensional xray machines. These 3D xrays show infections and fractures and the like way better than the conventional 2 dimensional xrays. There could be another infection or a fracture in a tooth that is causing your pain. If your dentist cannot find it please go to an "endodontist" who is a dentist that specializes in just root canal procedures.

Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

If you have no further questions would you please rate my answers to you? Thanks

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
i did go to an endodontist- he was the one that actually did the root canal. No cracks in teeth or infection, although I did take antibiotic as a precaution. There was no relief from the pain.
Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

Did he use 3D xrays? What did he say when you told him there was still throbbing?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he said that due to the fact that he can't see anything wrong with the tooth and its proximity to my sinus I should see an ENT. I have an apt tomorrow.
Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

Ok, that was where I was going to suggest next. If there is something going on in the sinus, at least you are headed to the correct doctor. I hope the ENT is able to pinpoint the cause of your problem. Good luck. Dr Magida

Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

Was wondering if you would rate session. Thanks

Expert:  Edward Magida replied 9 months ago.

Was wondering if you still need help with this?