One month following root canal it hurts to chew hard things and is sensitive to touch. What options do I have to treat this?

Q: I got a root canal 2 months ago. I had a crown on the tooth so the dentist went through the crown. A week after the RC, I had discomfort when I chewed food or touched one side of the tooth. It went away until 2 weeks ago when the pain came back. Now it hurts to chew hard things, sensitive to touch the tooth with my tongue, toothbrush, etc. The pain is worse in different parts of the tooth. I wear a night guard. I’m out of my dental insurance for the year so I’m not sure what options I have.

A: If the root canal tooth is hurting, particularly when you bite down on food or simply touch it, then there is a good chance that the tooth could be fractured or the bite is excessive on the tooth. I would suggest a consultation with an experienced periodontist to get an opinion.

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