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What causes major facial swelling after a root canal?

What causes major facial swelling after a root canal?

Infection: This sounds like a serious dental infection that requires immediate dental care. Call and see the dentist who is treating you right away. If he\she is not available and has no covering dentist, see a physician (24/7 medical facility doctor or er of hospital) as serious infections can be life threatening.

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Is it normal to have facial swelling 2 days after a root canal?

Is it normal to have facial swelling 2 days after a root canal?

No: Regardless of what stage of treatment you are at, any level of swelling is not "normal". Whether you are not on antibiotics or not, it would be best to contact your treating dentist for specific professional advise with your condition.

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Is it possible to get permanent facial swelling from a root canal procedure?

Is it possible to get permanent facial swelling from a root canal procedure?

No: Temporary swelling. Yes. But not permanent. A root canal is not very invasive and permanent swelling is very unusual.

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Facial swelling post root canal antibiotics work?

Facial swelling post root canal antibiotics work?

Recommended: If you have swelling or bacterial drainage associated with your tooth, an antibiotic may be prescribed. If you develop any swelling after treatment call your dentist for post-op appointment.

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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?

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.

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I have a lot of pain and facial swelling from a root canal retreat. I was given penicillin v and metronidazole. When will the swelling go down?

Typically 3-7 days: Most advanced dental infections will take at least 2-3 days for antibiotics to start to have a positive effect. Depending on the progression and nature of the infection, this can take longer. One way to "get the upper hand" is to have a dentist make an incision and drain the swelling and greatly reduce the bacterial load. Facial swellings should be monitored as they can become quite serious.

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I had a root canal two days ago however, I noticed this morning that I have some facial swelling and bruising under my eye. Is this normal?

I had a root canal two days ago however, I noticed this morning that I have some facial swelling and bruising under my eye. Is this normal?

Possibly: Possibly over manipulation of the canal, but could residual infection or simply the the original infection not yet responding to treatment yet. Time to see you DDS.

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I have symptoms of sinusitis with mild facial swelling. A year ago, I had a root canal on the same side on the upper molar number two with a crown placed. That tooth is tender now. What could be the cause of swelling, tooth or sinus? I am not sure whom to

I have symptoms of sinusitis with mild facial swelling. A year ago, I had a root canal on the same side on the upper molar number two with a crown placed. That tooth is tender now. What could be the cause of swelling, tooth or sinus? I am not sure whom to

Dentist First: From you history, I would start with the root canal tooth, then work from there. It is possible, given your timeline, that the root canal possibly failed, and the infection recurred. If so, treatment is necessary and may allow you to still save the tooth. It is possible it's a sinus infection, but my first guess would be the rct tooth. You want a "pa x-ray", digital if possible, or ct scan.

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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?

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Contact your dentist: It was not clear if your root canal treatment was started or completed and how much of the original swelling is still present. It is possible you may need some additional treatment and/or a different antibiotic. You should contact your dentist for re-evaluation.

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Root canal today severe swelling of the right side of my face, my eye is badly swollen, I've no pain and am on antibiotics, how long before swelling?

Root canal today severe swelling of the right side of my face, my eye is badly swollen, I've no pain and am on antibiotics, how long before swelling?

Endodontist: The endodontist who performed your root canal is best qualified to answer your question, but I don't feel that these reactions are out of the ordinary and the swelling may last a few days. However I recommend that you notify the doctor of your current status and whether he/she recommends cold applications to control facial swelling.

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Had cheek swelling & bad tooth #11 infection. Weeks later, I did root canal. Symptoms I look for if infection speeded to the face or the bone in the jaw?

Had cheek swelling & bad tooth #11 infection. Weeks later, I did root canal. Symptoms I look for if infection speeded to the face or the bone in the jaw?

Continued swelling: If you develop swelling under your eye after root canal on this tooth, see your endodontist. However this usually happens w/ in aday or two after the procedure. The dr. Will drain or remove the abscess and place you on antibiotics.

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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.

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Swollen face from infected tooth spread up to eye on right side. Painful near nose. Partial root canal, done=penicillin. Time until swelling ebbs?

Swollen face from infected tooth spread up to eye on right side. Painful near nose. Partial root canal, done=penicillin. Time until swelling ebbs?

Phone Call...: Call your treating dentist immediately. You're asking for a specific time for the swelling to subside, which cannot be determined based on the little information posted. Infections like this may need to be surgically drained. Make the call...

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Swollen face from infected tooth up to my eye. Partial root canal=penicillin/pain killer & day later IV steroid. When will swelling go down? Ice it?

Swollen face from infected tooth up to my eye. Partial root canal=penicillin/pain killer & day later IV steroid. When will swelling go down? Ice it?

See oral surgeon: Or go to the emergency room. Swelling to that degree is an indicator of a severe infection and may require drainage. Do not wait. Make sure you are seen today!

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Had 2nd part of root canal done. Getting chills temp99.3. Could I have sepsis without my face swelling from tooth? I've been on z pack

Had 2nd part of root canal done. Getting chills temp99.3. Could I have sepsis without my face swelling from tooth? I've been on z pack

Unlikely: It would be unusual on antibiotics with minimal symptoms to have sepsis from a root canal. If it is bothering you have you dentist take a look at it. Could there be any other cause for your low grade fever?

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Why do I have this strange swelling after root canal and apicoectomy?

Why do I have this strange swelling after root canal and apicoectomy?

Contact: Stay in contact with the DDD who did the procedure. It's common to have post-op sensation. Gradual improvement is the rule. Not all procedures are successful. If symptoms persist or progress, let the DDS know.

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Dr. Nishan Odabashian
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Facial Swelling (Definition)

Facial swelling (edema) occurs when fluid accumulates in the facial tissues. This puffiness can occur for many reasons including ...Read more