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Do I have to stop taking Coumadin (warfarin) for a root canal?

Do I have to stop taking Coumadin (warfarin) for a root canal?

Coumadin (warfarin) and RCT: I have been practicing dentistry for over 40 years & have done over 1000 rct's with many patients on coumadin (warfarin). It has never been nor should be any problem. There is little or no bleeding with this procedure to even be a concern. Even with extractions and in consultation with cardiologist, i usually can manage simple extractions without a patient going off coumadin (warfarin). Ask your dds\md to confirm this. ...Read more

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Can I have root canal surgery while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Can I have root canal surgery while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Depends: The use of Coumadin (warfarin) when properly controlled (inr -2.0-2.5) should not contraindicate either surgical or non surgical root canal procedures. Careful monitoring blood loss is critical during the procedure. Consult with an experienced endodontist or oral surgeon to evaluate the specifics of your case. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain in my tooth after root canal, will it stop eventually? How long will it take?

Pain in my tooth after root canal, will it stop eventually? How long will it take?

Yes: It is normal to have some resedual pain and the area maybe sore when you are chewing. All of the discomfort should go away soon. It is not the same for everyone. For some people the healing is quick maybe a couple of days and for others it could be a couple of weeks . If your discomfort remains call your dentist. ...Read more

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I just got a deep filling done and i'm having non stop pain for almost 2 days. Is this normal? How can I stop the pain? Do i need to get a root canal?

I just got a deep filling done and i'm having non stop pain for almost 2 days. Is this normal? How can I stop the pain? Do i need to get a root canal?

Not normal...: I would call the dentist's office. They understand your particulars and may assist you in problem-solving. Some potential problems may be that the filling could require some adjustment if it is too high, or the nerve within the tooth may be adversely affected. I would not jump to conclusions; i would discuss this and be evaluated by your dentist. ...Read more

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Had a root canal a year ago but the tooth hurts again the same as it was before - constant, especially at night but stops for a bit with cold water?

Had a root canal a year ago but the tooth hurts again the same as it was before - constant, especially at night but stops for a bit with cold water?

Not forever: No dental treatment is forever. Some lasts longer, but unfortunately some has short effective time span. Please see an endodontist, a root canal specialist, who is best trained and experienced to evaluate your problem and provide the most skilled treatment. Ask your dentist for an endodontic referral. ...Read more

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I am taking alendronic acid, 1 weekly. Need root canal treatment for gum boil. Should i stop taking this? If so for how long before & after treatment?

I am taking alendronic acid, 1 weekly. Need root canal treatment for gum boil. Should i stop taking this? If so for how long before & after treatment?

Fosamax (alendronate): Has been shown to pose a potential of bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaw (bronj) primarily with invasive oral surgery procedure and extractions. Eliminating an infection via rct of a tooth and avoiding an extraction is exactly what you should be doing. More info for the public on bronj is available here: http://www.Aaoms.Org/bronj.Php. ...Read more

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Does the pain stop immediately after a root canal?

Does the pain stop immediately after a root canal?

Pain and root canals: If you had pain before the root canal, chances are that the pain will still be there after the root canal. Also, inflammation peaks at 48 hours after a procedure, and typically after that period of time, you will begin to experience more relief. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop being so scared of getting a root canal?

Comfort zone: The appropriate anesthesia depends on the complexity of the dental treatment and your own comfort zone. With the profound local anesthesia and IV sedation you will have no recall of the events of the root canal or experience any pain. Good luck. ...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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I had a crown then a root canal on #15 approx. 12 years ago. My tooth is now killing me. It is throbbing non-stop and hurts to chew. ?

Pain: Root canal Rx may be failing or pain can be from other dental/oral source. See your Dentist to find out if Endodontist should retreat tooth or if other options are applicable. But don't wait, call Dentist now. ...Read more

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How do I stop root canal pain? Thought it was gone when canal finished?

How do I stop root canal pain? Thought it was gone when canal finished?

Patience: Often, a tooth will be tender/sore after having a root canal. This can last several days or more, especially if the tooth and tissues surrounding the tooth's root were in bad shape before the root canal. The root canal takes care of the cause of the problem, but the surrounding tissues still need time to heal. If it lasts more than a few days or so, see the treating dentist. ...Read more

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It's been a week since I had a root canal done and it still really hurts a bit. Is that normal? When can I expect it to stop?

It's been a week since I had a root canal done and it still really hurts a bit. Is that normal? When can I expect it to stop?

It's not uncommon: The most common source of pain after root canal treatment is inflammation of the tissues that surround the tooth's root. Take Motrin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain control and you should always feel free to contact your dentist. ...Read more

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Cavity under crown, root canal done twice! how do I stop my mouth from swelling?

Crown has to be out.: Any cavity or infection must be expose to air and drained, fast. A close space will lead to major problem. ...Read more

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What could cause extreme pain days after a root canal re-treatment that was infected? How can I stop the pain? It's a saturday & dentist is closed!

Infection: It is possible infection is not fully resolved. Pain can also occur from the trauma of the procedure itself to the tissues beyond the tip of the tooth. If you are able to take them, consider anti inflammatory meds like ibuprophen. If the tooth is hitting first, it should be shortened. If the pain is improving, try to relax and allow things to heal. And call the dentist's emergency number. ...Read more

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I am 6 weeks pregnant and need to have an emergency root canal done to stop the infection. Is there much risk to the baby?

I am 6 weeks pregnant and need to have an emergency root canal done to stop the infection. Is there much risk to the baby?

No: I have performed root canal fo 40 yrs on women at all stages of pregnancy. Local anesthesia is very safe an the procedure is no more dangerous than a filling. Before an antibiotic is used, i recommend approval from your obgyn. It's more dangerous to wait and do nothing. Infections can be harmful to mom and fetus. ...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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Im on Flagyl 400mg x3 for infection in jaw after root canal - face and jaw is numb - 4 days remaining on them will this go away once I stop?

Im on Flagyl 400mg x3 for infection in jaw after root canal - face and jaw is numb - 4 days remaining on them will this go away once I stop?

Follow up : It's difficult to clarify with little information however it is not uncommon to have some pain and even swelling following some root canal procedures. Your Flagyl will likely help reduce infection. You may continue to be numb following anesthetic but if it lasts for more than a day you should call your doctor, it's best to review with them what to expect given the procedure they competed for you. ...Read more

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