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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 a ...Read more

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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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It's been 3 weeks since part one of my root canal and my abscess is still there, but smaller. I don't have anymedicines left. Is it normal?

It's been 3 weeks since part one of my root canal and my abscess is still there, but smaller. I don't have anymedicines left. Is it normal?

Smaller is good but: Only time will tell if you will get complete resolution of the infection. I'm not sure what you are referring to when you san 'part one' of my rct. Was the rct completed? What was the prognosis given to you by your dentist? This needs to be monitored for about 3 months (or longer) in order to know if the rct will be successful or other treatment is indicated. ...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

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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Antibiotics haven't reduced my dental abscess. Can my dentist still perform the root canal treatment?

Antibiotics haven't reduced my dental abscess. Can my dentist still perform the root canal treatment?

Abcess: The short answer is yes, but it depends if there is still alot of pain involved or if it is draining. The abscess doesn't have to be completely gone but xrays and an exam from a dentist is needed. ...Read more

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Dental xray in june, pet scan in july. Abscessed tooth with still with no pain. Should I have them biopsy while doing a root canal? I have fnhl.

Dental xray in june, pet scan in july.  Abscessed tooth with still with no pain.  Should I have them biopsy while doing a root canal? I have fnhl.

Biopsy: You can do a biopsy by itself. Usually non-surgical root canal treatment does not involve cutting the gum. You can do both procedure in one setting. ...Read more

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I had a 2nd root canal performed yesterday after an abcess was diagnosed. Is it normal to still have pus on my gum after the procedure?

I had a 2nd root canal performed yesterday after an abcess was diagnosed. Is it normal to still have pus on my gum after the procedure?

Keep an eye on it: Unfortunately, root canal treatments can have recurring infections for several reasons. What is important, in my opinion, is to resolve the infection prior to completing the root canal therapy. If it was completed in the presence of active infection, you will need to monitor it closely. If taking antibiotics, the pus should resolve, but could still return later. Pus never really is normal. ...Read more

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Abcess on a tooth.Retreated with a 2nd root canal and antibiotic. I still have temporary filling. Want to get pregnant asap. Can i start trying now?

Abcess on a tooth.Retreated with a 2nd root canal and antibiotic. I still have temporary filling. Want to get pregnant asap. Can i start trying now?

Probably: If the root canal has been deemed successful by the dentist, i can't think of a reason not to get pregnant. Has a crown or cover for the tooth been suggested? ...Read more

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A root canal for my abcess tooth on 1/17/15. He did not put me on anti biotics before hand and my face is still swollen. How long does swelling last?

A root canal for my abcess tooth on 1/17/15. He did not put me on anti biotics before hand and my face is still swollen. How long does swelling last?

Call your dentist: After the root canal treatment, you may have some swelling and certainly some pain. If swelling does not decrease after 48-72 call your dentist immediately for post root canal evaluation and treatment if needed. ...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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