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Any suggestions for incision and drainage for abscessed tooth after a failed root canal?

Any suggestions for incision and drainage for abscessed tooth after a failed root canal?

Re treatment: That failed root canal tooth sould be treated with antibiotics and incision and draining of the abscess if necessary.
After that that root canal should be re done if the tooth is savable, or extracted if not. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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If a tooth with root canal has abscess, would you feel pain?

If a tooth with root canal has abscess, would you feel pain?

Yes and no: If the root canal was done, one would not feel pain until the abscess extends into the surrounding tissue and bone. ...Read more

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Urgent dental advice, I'm getting an abscess on front tooth, already had root canal, how can this be?

Urgent dental advice, I'm getting an abscess on front tooth, already had root canal, how can this be?

Failing root canal: Root canals can fail if there is an inadequate seal or insufficient disinfection of the canal system. Fractures of the root may also cause an abscess. Sometimes periodontal abscesses may be associated with root canal teeth even though the root canal is fine. ...Read more

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I had a tooth abscess, then root canal, but the abscess has not completely gone.

See your dentist: He/she must be certain that the infection is fully eliminated before the tooth is restored with final restoration. If the infection remains it increases the risk of post treatment pain and root canal failure. See your dentist for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I expect after removing an abscess from a previously done root canal on the same tooth?

What can I expect after removing an abscess from a previously done root canal on the same tooth?

It may heal: A well sealed root canal with a proper restoration will generally heal. The outcome depends on several factors including the bacteria present, whether the natural tooth anatomy was respected and the ability of your body to heal. Success rates are in the mid 80's in the absence of complications. ...Read more

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Could getting root canal on abscessed tooth hurt?

Could getting root canal on abscessed tooth hurt?

Should not: To the contrary, the root canal should relieve the pain! Proper anesthesia should prevent pain during the procedure! ...Read more

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How can a root canal stop the pain from a tooth abscess?

How can a root canal stop the pain from a tooth abscess?

It cleans: Root canal treatment cleans out the bacteria inside the canals and seals the space to prevent bacteria from reinfecting it. When there no new bacterial keep reinfecting the area,
the body's immune system wins by cleaning out the abscess outside of the canals. ...Read more

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Had severe tooth abscess 3 months ago, was treated w/ root canal and was fine and now that tooth is painful again. Did the abscess return?

Maybe: You can get the answer by going back to the dentist that did the root canal. They are over 90% effective... But sometime further treatment may need to be done... The root may need re-treatment... Maybe an antibiotic would work or a retro fill will work. Talk with your dentist who can see an x-ray a determine the best course of action.. ...Read more

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Can a tooth with root canal therapy continue to abscess?

Yes: A tooth with a root canal can still abscess for several reasons.
Root canals are not 100% successful although there is a high success rate. In addition there may be other factors contributing to the infection such as a possible fracture. If the infection continues it should be reevaluated so that a decision can be made to either retreat it conventionally, do an apicoectomy or extract the tooth. ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out why did the tooth abscess form when there is no root canal to be infected?

Is there a way to find out why did the tooth abscess form when there is no root canal to be infected?

Periodontal abscess: An abscessed tooth with a nerve or root canal infected would need a root canal and termed endodontal abscess. An abscessed tooth with severe bone loss and gum disease would be called periodontal abscess. Treatment would be debridement, laser, occlusal adjustment, and followed up. ...Read more

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I had root canal, I suppose I'm fine. There was no other facial swelling. It's only a small abscess too. And would this tooth need to be extracted now?

See your dentist: If you have a small abscess after root canal, this could be a sign of complications and possibly of a root canal failure. See your dentist for re-evaluation x-rays and treatment options. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had root canal on abscessed tooth, but the pimple has gotten bigger!?

What do you recommend if I had root canal on abscessed tooth, but the pimple has gotten bigger!?

See your dentist: The "pimple" is also called fistula. It is a sign that there is a dental or gum infection and your body is draining it out. See your dentist for re-evaluation, x-rays and treatment options if needed. ...Read more

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I've either had pulpitis or an abscess for 8 months but couldn't visit dentist. Appointment book next week. Chances of saving tooth with root canal?

I've either had pulpitis or an abscess for 8 months but couldn't visit dentist. Appointment book next week. Chances of saving tooth with root canal?

See DDS: Need to see clinically and with an x-ray, your dentist or endodontist will attempt to save your tooth if warranted. If deemed non restorable, a treatment plan would be in order in reference to replacing the tooth, an implant being the best option. See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis for your particular tooth. ...Read more

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Can a tooth usually be saved if it has an abscess? I have an extremely painful abscessed tooth that I'm going to see my dentist about in two days. I'm really worried that I will lose the tooth, and would rather have a root canal or almost anything else th

I: I congratulate you for knowing the importance of saving teeth as opposed to unnecessary extraction. Without an exam and x-ray it's hard to know your exact situation but in most cases you can opt for a root canal instead of losing your tooth. This will depend on the extent and nature of the abcess and the amount of tooth structure left. Stick with the concept of saving it if possible. ...Read more

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I had a bad abscess last april, it was so infected I was on medicine until august and then finally my root canal started which was a combination of 3 more visits to complete it. My tooth still is sore on and off and a bad oder comes from it. I don't fee

I had a bad abscess last april, it was so infected I was on medicine until august and then finally my root canal started which was a combination of 3 more visits to complete it. My tooth still is sore on and off and a bad oder comes from it. I don't fee

Saginaw, I: Saginaw,
i truly don't know how things were handled, but a bad smell and soreness tells me it is not right now. Not everything turns out the way we want it to. Go see you dentist and voice your concern. They can not help you unless you give them an opportunity too. If you’re not happy with the response then move on.
Hope this is helpful,
michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow
dentistry at suburban square
610-649-0313. ...Read more

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Does every gum abscesses require either root canal or tooth extraction?

Does every gum abscesses require either root canal or tooth extraction?

No,: No. Some gum abscesses might be periodontal in nature and you might just need to have a deep cleaning with local anesthesia to clear up the infection. ...Read more

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If I have an abscess or deep cavity in one of my lower front teeth, can they do a root canal on a front tooth or just extraction?

Abscessed front toot: Your front tooth can be treated with a root canal if there is enough tooth structure and bone support to properly restore the tooth. Extraction would be needed if there has ben too much decay to restore the tooth. A crown may also be needed after the root canal to restore your tooth to proper form and function. ...Read more

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What happens during root canal that stops pain from an abscessed tooth? I will need to have a root canal on a lower front tooth that my dentist says will stop the pain from an abscess. In a root canal they remove a root though, so how can that stop the pa

Cause treated: The root canal treatment will remove the cause of abcess and seal canal to stop from return. The root is not removed. The hollow tube or canal in root of tooth containing the pulp tissues (nerve, blood vessels, etc.) is cleaned, shaped, and filled eliminating the dead tissues. The tooth socket will begin to heal, infection resolve, and pain and swelling will dissipate. Antibiotics may help. ...Read more

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My 6yr old daughter had a filling now that tooth has an abscess on the gum the denist said root canal but why can't we just pull it?

Listen to dentist!: If your dentist says save it, then do so!
If it's a baby tooth, extracting will lead to loss of space and orthodontic problems!
If it's a permanent tooth, extracting till cause bite and other problems that are time consuming and expensive to traea!
A root canal and tooth preservation is the best and most conservative treatment long term? ...Read more

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What is best for a 3 yr old. Baby root canal or getting the tooth pulled? I believe she has a abscess on her gum above her gray front tooth.

What is best for a 3 yr old. Baby root canal or getting the tooth pulled? I believe she has a abscess on her gum above her gray front tooth.

Baby root canal: I would suggest trying to keep the baby teeth as long as possible. Baby teeth help keep the space for the permanent teeth. However, if the infection cannot be resolved with a pulpotomy "baby root canal". Then I would suggest getting the tooth out to prevent chronic infection and possible damage to the permanent tooth bud underneath the gum. ...Read more

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I hv a hard abscess in molar gum. Dentist make a opening in tooth before root canal 5 days ago, nw swelling remain half. How much time takes to go??

I hv a hard abscess in molar gum. Dentist make a opening in tooth before root canal 5 days ago, nw swelling remain half. How much time takes to go??

A few days: Once the abscess is drained, most symptoms go away quickly, within a few days. If the abscess is still in the gums, your dentist may suggest that you rinse with warm salt water a few times a day or you may need antibiotics to help fighting infection. Regardless, the abscess will not be cured unless the cause is completely eliminated. ...Read more

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Can I have an abscessed tooth extracted instead of a root canal? I have an abscessed molar that my dentist wants to do a root canal on. I'd rather just have it pulled. Can I do that? .

Can I have an abscessed tooth extracted instead of a root canal? I have an abscessed molar that my dentist wants to do a root canal on. I'd rather just have it pulled. Can I do that? .

Of course: It is your choice, but understand all the consequences and options long-term before making decision. Preserve socket for implant, or get implant immediately, if you choose extraction. Oral surgeon can usually remove all infection and prepare implant site well below apex of tooth into solid healthy bone in the lower anterior jaw. See the specialists, whatever you choose. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have tenderness/swelling after 7 days of penicillin, and 3 days after root canal on abscessed tooth? Thanks

Is it normal to have tenderness/swelling after 7 days of penicillin, and 3 days after root canal on abscessed tooth? Thanks

Depends: If the swelling is less than when the root canal was finished, thelma it is normal and takes more time to heal. If the swelling is greater than when the root canal was completed, then you have what we call a flare up? Sometimes these situations need to be incised and drained, or operated surgically to remove the abscess at the end of the root. Discuss w your dentist! ...Read more

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Is it possible for a tooth abscess to make you feel dizzy. My dentist told me I need a root canal due a deep cavity although it was filled.

Possible: A tooth infection can effects your whole body. If you have had this infection for a long time than it may effect your immune system and a range of different symptoms. See a dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Have metronidazole for an abscess 400mg 3x over 5 days. The swelling has reduced on 6th pill. Tooth has root canal, filling came out. Drainage needed?

See a dentist ASAP: Antibiotics are rarely required and should only be used as an adjunct to dental treatment for infection since they may complicate further outcome. Take the NSAID OTC or Tylenol (acetaminophen) to control pain and see a dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Painful hard lump still in cheek above infected tooth after abscess drainage & root canal finished. How to get rid of this swelled area day 4 on meds?

Painful hard lump still in cheek above infected tooth after abscess drainage & root canal finished. How to get rid of this swelled area day 4 on meds?

Be patient: It may take some time (10-14 days or so) for the swelling to go down significantly. Try rinsing frequently with warm salt water and apply moist heat 3X a day. Take NSAIDs OTC for swelling and pain control. Good luck. ...Read more