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2 months of facial pain when washing face. Started in nasal area, headaches, night sweats. Had root canal this wednesday. Should symptoms go away?

2 months of facial pain when washing face. Started in nasal area, headaches, night sweats. Had root canal this wednesday. Should symptoms go away?

Yes, if: The pain should go away if related to the infected tooth. If no better, see ENT doc for evaluation. He/she may refer you to orofacial-TMJ expert. ...Read more

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Facial Pain (Definition)

Facial pain is a clinical finding in which there is pain in the area of the face. This is often due to trauma, ...Read more


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Can having a root canal cause facial pain?

Can having a root canal cause facial pain?

Yes: If you are continuing to have pain after having a root canal, go back to the dentist or endodontist that provided the treatment and have them check to diagnose the reason for your continued pain. You may still have infection present or have another issue developing. ...Read more

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How long does the facial pain last after having a root canal?

How long does the facial pain last after having a root canal?

Varies: If your symptoms are prolonged, then you need to go back to get evaluated to see what may be causing the symptoms. It can take root canal treated teeth to take months to heal properly. The key is to see how you feel and get evaluated. ...Read more

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After having root canal more than a week ago, I still feel minor swelling in the face. Overall, I feel so much better. Is the swell time common?

After having root canal more than a week ago, I still feel minor swelling in the face. Overall, I feel so much better. Is the swell time common?

Not usually: A week is a little bit too long in my opinion., I guess the better question would be was it swollen prior to your root canal? Root canals remove the inflamed or infected nerve, artery and vein in the tooth. Afterwards it is hermetically sealed by the filling material which ensures a good deal and prevents bacteria from circulating to and from the tooth through the passages to the tooth. ...Read more

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I have just had a root canal done and it has left me with a swallen face?

I have just had a root canal done and it has left me with a swallen face?

Typical: Swelling after root canal is expected, but keep your surgeon up to date on how you're doing. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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Is it normal for the side of your face to swell up the day after your root canal is retreated?

It can happen: You may be experiencing what's called a flare-up. It happens up to 13% of the time following root canal. They are more common with retreatment root canals and teeth that have larger areas of inflammation around the root tip. There can be an exaggerated immune response to debris or bacteria at the root tip. You may require further cleaning of the root canal or an antibiotic if you are febrile. ...Read more

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I have been in pain since yesterday and need a root canal but now my face is swollen badly. What can I do for this?

You need: Immediate care. Please contact your dentist or the provider who will be doing your root canal asap. If this is not a viable plan of action -go an emergency room. An er will not be able to cure the problem but antibiotics may be used as a stop-gap measure. Please do not delay in getting care. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a root canal was in pain every visit but the last visit my face swelled up went to the specialist?

What to do if I had a root canal was in pain every visit but the last visit my face swelled up went to the specialist?

Communication.: It sounds like your root canal involved an active infection; this is a very common reason to complete a root canal. IF YOU HAVE ACTIVE SWELLING YOU PROBABLY NEED TO BE ON ANTIBIOTICS and/or anti-inflammatories. Stay in contact with your specialist and your dentist. Let them know what's going on and expect answers or at least a defined plan to manage your concerns. ...Read more

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Does your face get swollen after a root canal? If so, how long does it last? Her picture day is 2 days after. Will it be gone by then? Thank you!

Not too often: One of the reasons for a root canal is an infected tooth. While the infection starts inside the tooth, abscesses are by definition 'outside' the tooth. The root canal treats the source, but sometimes the abscess can still progress in size resulting in visible swelling. If concerned, seek follow-up evaluation from your dentist. An antibiotic might help. ...Read more

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Hi! Yesterday I had a root canal on my front tooth. I just hit that tooth on my sister's head... Will it be fine or did it mess up something? Thankyou!

Hi! Yesterday I had a root canal on my front tooth. I just hit that tooth on my sister's head... Will it be fine or did it mess up something? Thankyou!

Fine: I am sure that was a little sore however the tooth should be fine as long as the build up or temporary filling are still in place and no part of the tooth chipped. See your dentist or endodontic specialist to be sure. ...Read more

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Will swelling of the face and gums go way soon after root canal?

If Successful: If the root canal procedure has successfully removed the problem pulp tissue and sealed the tooth's canals, your body's immune system shoud be able to resolve the swelling. If the swelling doesn't resolve, antibiotics may be indicated or re-evaluation of the problem and/or treatment. ...Read more

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How long can face swelling last while on an antibiotic after a root canal?

How long can face swelling last while on an antibiotic after a root canal?

It all depends: Swelling after a root canal should be a very rare occurence, and should be monitored very cosely. Antibiotics can be helpful in reducing the swelling, but 3-7 days can be required. You should at least consider that the root canal is ineffective, or did not address the source of the swelling. Request that you be monitored by your dentist that did the root canal or see an endodontist. ...Read more

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I had a root canal done this morning and now my head is killing me and so is my tooth. Is this normal?

I had a root canal done this morning and now my head is killing me and so is my tooth. Is this normal?

Not normal: But not unheard of. May be reaction to the anesthetic, or an infection problem, or one of many other reasons. Did treating General Dentist or specialist Endodontists give you post-treatment instructions such as cold compresses, antibiotics, analgesics, etc? If so, follow them to the letter. If you are concerned, call your practitioner and report your problems. ...Read more

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I had a root canal 3 days ago and was relatively fine until last night when my face started throbbing & swelled. How long until amoxiicillan works?

4-6 hours: It will take 4-6 hours for the body to get a loading dose of antibiotics to help the swelling which is a sign of infection. ...Read more

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During a root canal tip of the file broke off, now my face hurts when smiling and it feels like there is swelling of my face, don't know what to do!

See Endodontist: Endodontists are dentists who specialize in saving teeth, and have at least 2-3 years of advanced training in root canals. They are experts at diagnosing and relieving tooth pain and use advanced special equipment to treat patients efficiently and comfortably. ...Read more

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Can a root canal shows as an artifact on a head MRI?

Can a root canal shows as an artifact on a head MRI?

MRI aftifacts: Here's a good reference for your question: https://www. Wemakespokanesmile. Com/dental-materials-mri-compatible/ In my opinion most RCT fillings are non metallic and should not be a problem. If it was filled with a silver point which is hardly used anymore, it might produce an artifact. ...Read more

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The right side of my head hurts really bad. I thought I needed a root canal but the dentist could find nothing. It comes a goes.

Maybe referred pain: There are pain referral patterns associated with infamed muscles, compressed nerves and other issues. Dr janet travell published a landmark text in which these pain patterns were described and mapped. Patients have had root canals done occasionally when the problem actually is related to a neck muscle trigger point or similar issue. See a TMJ dentist or md familiar with these types of pain issues. ...Read more

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Excruciating pain on entire right side of face centering around a tooth I had a root canal on 6 months ago. Is it more than just an infection?

Need evaluation: Could be the root canal has failed, the tooth has fractured, another tooth in close proximity is in distress, etc. Cannot tell without examination and x-rays. Please see a root canal specialist, an endodontist. ...Read more

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Can infected root canal cause muscle wasting in face?

Can infected root canal cause muscle wasting in face?

No: But get this treated with antibiotics, as a dental abscess can be a nasty experience. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a root canal cause ear pain on opposite side of head?

Please tell me, could a root canal cause ear pain on opposite side of head?

Yes it is possible: And very common because you are chewing only on the opposite side of your mouth. Chewing on only one side of the jaw can lead to TMJ problems and earache is one of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Does a root canal infection cause headaches? My headache is on top of my head and forehead..

Does a root canal infection cause headaches? My headache is on top of my head and forehead..

It can: Pain in the head, neck, and jaws very often is felt in areas outside where the source is. This is true of toothaches (i.e. Root canal infections), muscle pain (myofascial, tmd, muscle tension), among other things. You could always seek an evaluation by an endodontist to rule out a tooth source. If still unsure, see your physician. ...Read more

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I had root canal on infected tooth after strong antibiotics, and now my face is very swollen and hurts bad. What do I do?

I had root canal on infected tooth after strong antibiotics, and now my face is very swollen and hurts bad. What do I do?

See dentist: Call your dentist ASAP. The antibiotic may not be effective against your infection or there is a problem with the root canal filling. If you have not been treated by an endodontist see one at this time. ...Read more

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Will face pressure and random gum pain subside after having a crown adjusted? The tooth already had a root canal. Why is there sinus like pressure?

Will face pressure and random gum pain subside after having a crown adjusted? The tooth already had a root canal. Why is there sinus like pressure?

Possibly: If the problem is due to a poor bite, then yes, you should be fine. If the problem is due to a recurrent infection or a fractured tooth, then those problems will have to be addressed. ...Read more

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I had a root canal and crown done about a month ago. Now sometimes when I move my head /jump/ run I get a sharp pain in that tooth? Is this normal?

Understand concern: If you had a root canal, the nerve is removed. You should not feel any pain now that the surrounding tissue has healed. If you are having pain like you describe, the surrounding tissue or the tissue beneath the tooth is inflammed or infected. Needs to be examined. ...Read more

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Had a root canal. After finishing antibiotic am experiencing headaches from the top of my head to base of skull. 800 IB alleviates pain but returns?

See your dr.: You could have developed an infection despite taking antibiotics. I would go see your physician or dentists ASAP, root canal related infections can be quite serious. There are lots of places bacteria can invade in the skull and causes abscesses. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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Had root canal 10 days ago. Started to get bad headaches day after finishing antibiotic. Pain is from top of head to base of my skull. 800IB helps?

Had root canal 10 days ago. Started to get bad headaches day after finishing antibiotic. Pain is from top of head to base of my skull. 800IB helps?

Personal Evaluation: These types of situations cannot be diagnosed and treated over the internet. Nothing can replace a one on one clinical exam with x-rays. Please start by seeing a dentist who may refer you to a physician if the problem is non-dental in origin. ...Read more