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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. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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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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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Dr. Nishan Odabashian
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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