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Why do I still have pain weeks after my root canal?

Generally speaking, having a root canal should remove the pain you are feeling from an infected tooth. The procedure eliminates the infection and the nerve tissue within the tooth. If your root canal was required because of a cracked tooth, you may feel pain after your root canal if there is deeper damage, possibly to your jaw bone. If you continue to have pain several weeks after a root canal, contact your dentist.
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. If you are still experiencing pain weeks after a root canal, contact your dentist right away. You may need follow-up treatment.  

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