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A 47-year-old female asked:

Can an unfinished root canal cause a jaw infection? it doesn't hurt, just feels odd when i touch the swollen bone? not sure if it's bone.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
Medical Oncology 26 years experience
Yes: Most definitely. Get some antibiotics if you are suspecting infection.
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: Leaving decayed material in the tooth could lead to spread of infection (or new infection, as a root canal would give an open communication to the mouth). If you have having symptoms of pain/swelling in your jaw, i would go see your dentist.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: The root canal must be completed or the infection will continue to cause damage to the surrounding tooth structures.

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