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Old 04-25-2011, 02:39 AM
 
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I did a root canal on Wednesday afternoon and on Friday night developed terrible ear pain. Is the ear pain related to the root canal ? Presently taking alot of Tylenol but cannot go on like this much longer. Dentist not available until Tuesday. The tooth itself is not hurting much - just the ear pain and headache, which is very painful and keeping me awake. Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you !
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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I guess it's possible you have a nerve running near where the drilling was done and it got inflammed. Or it could be coincidence. Warm olive oil helps ear pain and was approved by my ENT. Or even just a warm compress. Another choice is seeing an ENT.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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I too had this issue but BEFORE a root canal.....there is trigeminal nerve in that area that could be inflamed as per previous post....I had severe headache and ear pain, but it was finally relieved by the rc.

Along with inflamation, **could be infected too, so please call the endodontist first, they need to know your problems...you may need a strong anti-inflammatory med such as cortisone for a week or so and they can give you pain meds and/or antibiotics... to help until the swelling goes down.....they will then refer you on to a ENT if necessary.

Good luck~feel better soon

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I did a root canal on Wednesday afternoon and on Friday night developed terrible ear pain. Is the ear pain related to the root canal ? Presently taking alot of Tylenol but cannot go on like this much longer. Dentist not available until Tuesday. The tooth itself is not hurting much - just the ear pain and headache, which is very painful and keeping me awake. Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you !
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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Have you tried any ibuprofen for the pain (advil or motrin)? You really need an anti-inflammatory to bring down the inflammation. Was the tooth infected prior to the root canal? Are you on antibiotics? Best of luck to you.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. Alot better now. Yes the tooth was infected before root canal was done. Due to stomach problems I cannot take ibuprofen. I was however taking antibiotics. The pain stopped on Monday nite and I was back to myself on Tuesday. So far so good. Thanks again !
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:31 AM
 
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hey I also get done root canal and had the same problem. somebody told me it is a common thing. So do no worry.
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:46 AM
 
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don't worry about this but if you still pain in more days then first consult your doctor again or you acn check out in yourhealthorbit.there are some suggestion for ear ringing causes.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:49 AM
 
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It can also be from holding you jaw open so long at a time.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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Default Ear Pain after Root Canal Means INFECTION!

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I did a root canal on Wednesday afternoon and on Friday night developed terrible ear pain. Is the ear pain related to the root canal ? Presently taking alot of Tylenol but cannot go on like this much longer. Dentist not available until Tuesday. The tooth itself is not hurting much - just the ear pain and headache, which is very painful and keeping me awake. Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you !

I am responding to this because it will help many others with the same problem...it was very hard for me to find answers when I was going through it! If you are having EAR PAIN, SENSITIVITY TO ALL SOUND, TINNITUS (RINGING IN YOUR EARS) or similar problems after having a Root Canal, it means that THE ANTIBIOTICS GIVEN TO YOU BY THE DENTIST AREN'T WORKING. Contact the Dentist IMMEDIATELY to get a prescription change - a stronger antibiotic. If the Dentist doesn't cooperate, see your Primary Health Care Physician (your regular doctor) and get a prescription. You need to FIGHT THE INFECTION or you will have more problems - you won't fight the bacteria and you also could suffer perrmanent ear damage and continued ringing in the ears. After the root canal, the pain in your ear(s) are from the pressure put on the tube(s) from the infection. And now for my backstory....

Finding out I needed a root canal: I had a crown placed on a tooth in March and didn't know that it didn't take...had no pain or anything for months...then by June I had pain in "cheek" - mostly to the touch as if it were sore, like a bruise. I reached up inside my mouth into the gum and it felt like a "bump" that was sore when I touched it.

Went to the dentist and they said it was absessed and that the nerve endings at the top of the tooth "died" and bacteria was there and taking over. They sent me immediately to a Specialist and I had the 1st part of the Root Canal done. I was given a prescription of Penicillin the same day (a Tuesday) and with each day passing I had worse and worse pain in my ear and ringing so much that I had to wear earphones with folded paper towels in them to keep out all sounds. I had to be away from my family because when they spoke it sent me through the roof. I was so sick -- I was recovering from the root canal, my face hurt a lot -- I found it out the nerves in your face are super sensitive and it takes months for it to be normal.

My specialist dentist had gone on a two week vacation and the other partners in the practice did not think my EAR PAIN was anything related to the dental work and referred me to my own doctor. (What amazes me is that you would think the Dentists had studied these types of issues, but they were clueless!!!!) My regular doctor changed my antibiotic to AUGMENTIN...I took it Saturday and felt 80% better by Sunday regarding the ear pain. Then my face started to 'swell'. It was so uncomfortable! So back to the specialist dentistry office....they said it wasn't the worst they had seen (!) so they gave me additional antibiotics to take on top of the Augmentin...I am allergic to many drugs so they had to give me something very strong that they give to people that have Anthrax (!)...the swelling in my face got
better but with each day passing, I felt weaker and sicker...I couldn't eat...I had to ask my husband to come from work to make breakfast for my 7 year old...I just couldn't do it....I had NO FIGHT left in me...
So...

I went to the ER on a Thursday....most likely, the 2nd antibiotic was too strong...they wouldn't admit it, but I knew it...it was wiping me off the planet...I may have had a VIRUS....it was unbelievable!
Anyway, the dentist finally came back from vacation and finished up the root canal. I had the worst summer ever....I never want to go through this again.

I hope that if you are experiencing ear pain after a root canal, that you follow this advise and I hope you feel better!!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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I am responding to this because it will help many others with the same problem...it was very hard for me to find answers when I was going through it! If you are having EAR PAIN, SENSITIVITY TO ALL SOUND, TINNITUS (RINGING IN YOUR EARS) or similar problems after having a Root Canal, it means that THE ANTIBIOTICS GIVEN TO YOU BY THE DENTIST AREN'T WORKING. Contact the Dentist IMMEDIATELY to get a prescription change - a stronger antibiotic. If the Dentist doesn't cooperate, see your Primary Health Care Physician (your regular doctor) and get a prescription. You need to FIGHT THE INFECTION or you will have more problems - you won't fight the bacteria and you also could suffer perrmanent ear damage and continued ringing in the ears. After the root canal, the pain in your ear(s) are from the pressure put on the tube(s) from the infection. And now for my backstory....

Finding out I needed a root canal: I had a crown placed on a tooth in March and didn't know that it didn't take...had no pain or anything for months...then by June I had pain in "cheek" - mostly to the touch as if it were sore, like a bruise. I reached up inside my mouth into the gum and it felt like a "bump" that was sore when I touched it.

Went to the dentist and they said it was absessed and that the nerve endings at the top of the tooth "died" and bacteria was there and taking over. They sent me immediately to a Specialist and I had the 1st part of the Root Canal done. I was given a prescription of Penicillin the same day (a Tuesday) and with each day passing I had worse and worse pain in my ear and ringing so much that I had to wear earphones with folded paper towels in them to keep out all sounds. I had to be away from my family because when they spoke it sent me through the roof. I was so sick -- I was recovering from the root canal, my face hurt a lot -- I found it out the nerves in your face are super sensitive and it takes months for it to be normal.

My specialist dentist had gone on a two week vacation and the other partners in the practice did not think my EAR PAIN was anything related to the dental work and referred me to my own doctor. (What amazes me is that you would think the Dentists had studied these types of issues, but they were clueless!!!!) My regular doctor changed my antibiotic to AUGMENTIN...I took it Saturday and felt 80% better by Sunday regarding the ear pain. Then my face started to 'swell'. It was so uncomfortable! So back to the specialist dentistry office....they said it wasn't the worst they had seen (!) so they gave me additional antibiotics to take on top of the Augmentin...I am allergic to many drugs so they had to give me something very strong that they give to people that have Anthrax (!)...the swelling in my face got
better but with each day passing, I felt weaker and sicker...I couldn't eat...I had to ask my husband to come from work to make breakfast for my 7 year old...I just couldn't do it....I had NO FIGHT left in me...
So...

I went to the ER on a Thursday....most likely, the 2nd antibiotic was too strong...they wouldn't admit it, but I knew it...it was wiping me off the planet...I may have had a VIRUS....it was unbelievable!
Anyway, the dentist finally came back from vacation and finished up the root canal. I had the worst summer ever....I never want to go through this again.

I hope that if you are experiencing ear pain after a root canal, that you follow this advise and I hope you feel better!!!
You say if someone has symptoms following a root canal, it's because the antibiotics aren't working. Which antibiotics are those? And for what infection? You're assuming there's an infection, and you're assuming the infection is being treated with antibiotics. That's a whole lot of assuming.

Yes, it's possible that the OP had an infection. But he didn't state that he had one, nor did he state he was taking any antibiotics at all, for any reason. Furthermore, even if he did have an infection, it doesn't indicate that he needed stronger antibiotics (assuming he was taking them). The infection and the pain aren't necessarily even related. It could be that the patient has a sinus infection, that is seperate from any dental work. People -do- get sinus infections afterall.

Next - you claim your doctor gave you something strong enough to treat anthrax, because the penicillin wasn't working. Strange, since penicillin is one of the typical treatments for anthrax. So is ciproflaxin and doxycycline, two more very common, very typical antibiotics used for all kinds of things, including garden-variety sinus infections.

I find your story to be pretty wild, suspect, and possibly made up. To give you the benefit of the doubt, I'll assume it is true, though grossly exaggerated, and filled with misinformation that you completely misunderstood and mangled during the recollection process. Penicillin is a common allergen - most people who are allergic to "many" drugs, are allergic to penicillin, sulfa, aspirin, and/or opiates. It's very rare that someone will be allergic to antibiotics *other than* penicillin, but not be allergic also to penicillin. So I wonder if you had any drug allergies that have anything to do with your situation at all, or if you just added that little tidbit in to make your story more interesting.
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