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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Board Certified, Dentistry
4 years in practice
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Ct scan showed swollen lymph nodes on right side of neck. Recent root canal on right side and sinus infection. Cbc in nov was good. What is it?

Dr. Tarek Hamid
Board Certified, Dentistry
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Ct scan showed swollen lymph nodes on right side of neck. Recent root canal on right side and sinus infection. Cbc in nov was good. What is it?

Infections: The infections in the sinuses or the just finished root canal treatment either still there or did not go away completely , consult your doctor for treatment. Swollen lymph nodes are indicative of infections in the areas they drain.. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Facial Swelling (Definition)

Facial swelling is a clinical finding in which the skin or muscles around the face retains ...Read more


Dr. Jonathan Richards
Board Certified, Endodontics
13 years in practice
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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!

Dr. Jonathan Richards
Board Certified, Endodontics
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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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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Had root canal filling nearly 12 mth ago. Now have an abscess under tooth. Face swollen etc and now neck seems to be too.Taking amoxicillin on day?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Had root canal filling nearly 12 mth ago. Now have an abscess under tooth. Face swollen etc and now neck seems to be too.Taking amoxicillin on day?

See a dentist ASAP: Do not fool around with this yourself. An abscess needs draining and you should be seen as soon as possible by a dentist or oral surgeon and have this treated professionally. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Board Certified, Dentistry
31 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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?

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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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Danni Sayman
Board Certified, Endodontics
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I got a root canal done, and my face was swollen 2 days after, taking antibiotics and vicodin, its now been 5 days and still have swelling. Help?

Dr. Danni Sayman
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I got a root canal done, and my face was swollen 2 days after, taking antibiotics and vicodin, its now been 5 days and still have swelling. Help?

5 days?: If swelling is coming down it is a good sign. But if it remains the same it is not a good sign. Visit your dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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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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Dr. Thomas Wright
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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I had a root canal 2 years ago and now that "tooth" is giving me severe pain. My gums are swollen and my face is swollen on one side. ?

Dr. Susan Rhoads
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I had a root canal 2 years ago and now that "tooth" is giving me severe pain. My gums are swollen and my face is swollen on one side. ?

Infection: Any tooth can get an infection, a root canal does not prevent that or make it more likely. Get seen today or call your doc or dentist. Any doc can start antibiotics and treat the pain until you can get seen by your dentist. If you have fever, trouble swallowing, rapidly increasing swelllng or redness of the cheek or face go to the ER. Gook luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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Dentist prescribed me Percocet m522 for my root canal and now my face is swollen and itchy. I've took two Benadryl and it's still itchy. Help! ?

Dr. Paul Grin
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Dentist prescribed me Percocet m522  for my root canal and now my face is swollen and itchy. I've took two Benadryl and it's still itchy. Help!
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Allergic Reaction: Get emergency help right away if you have an allergic reaction to Percocet, which is very rare. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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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?

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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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?

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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