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Tongue feels diffusely burnt, painful to heat +halitosis; a few papillae have turned white. Whatis? (+gum abscess persistent post root canal revision)

Tongue feels diffusely burnt, painful to heat +halitosis; a few papillae have turned white. Whatis? (+gum abscess persistent post root canal revision)

Tongue symptoms: While I can't be certain, from what you say, the halitosis probably comes from your gum abscess (bacterial odor). The changes in your tongue could be due to an overgrowth of yeast germs (fungi) than can happen when you take an antibiotic; this could cause the redness, tenderness, and white patches. Other causes of the tongue changes could be inflammation (glossitis) due to allergy or infection. ...Read more

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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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Please I live in ny and an in severe pain my gums are killing me and I'm pretty sure I need a root canal or have an abscess and no insurance?

Please I live in ny and an in severe pain my gums are killing me and I'm pretty sure I need a root canal or have an abscess and no insurance?

Dental no insurance: You definitely need a check up. Having no insurance is a real problem. I would suggest you find a dental school nearby and see if they will treat you. ...Read more

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I was having a swelling under molar gum since 6 months. Week ago I go to dentist he said it is abscess n make opening fr root canal. Nw swelling half?

I was having a swelling under molar gum since 6 months. Week ago I go to dentist he said it is abscess n make opening fr root canal. Nw swelling half?

It is normal: This may be due to a previous infection. If the area was swollen before the root canal treatment it may take a while to heal. Take care. ...Read more

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Does every gum abscesses require either root canal or tooth extraction?

Does every gum abscesses require either root canal or tooth extraction?

No,: No. Some gum abscesses might be periodontal in nature and you might just need to have a deep cleaning with local anesthesia to clear up the infection. ...Read more

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My 6yr old daughter had a filling now that tooth has an abscess on the gum the denist said root canal but why can't we just pull it?

My 6yr old daughter had a filling now that tooth has an abscess on the gum the denist said root canal but why can't we just pull it?

Listen to dentist!: If your dentist says save it, then do so!
If it's a baby tooth, extracting will lead to loss of space and orthodontic problems!
If it's a permanent tooth, extracting till cause bite and other problems that are time consuming and expensive to traea!
A root canal and tooth preservation is the best and most conservative treatment long term? ...Read more

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What is best for a 3 yr old. Baby root canal or getting the tooth pulled? I believe she has a abscess on her gum above her gray front tooth.

What is best for a 3 yr old. Baby root canal or getting the tooth pulled? I believe she has a abscess on her gum above her gray front tooth.

Baby root canal: I would suggest trying to keep the baby teeth as long as possible. Baby teeth help keep the space for the permanent teeth. However, if the infection cannot be resolved with a pulpotomy "baby root canal". Then I would suggest getting the tooth out to prevent chronic infection and possible damage to the permanent tooth bud underneath the gum. ...Read more

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I hv a hard abscess in molar gum. Dentist make a opening in tooth before root canal 5 days ago, nw swelling remain half. How much time takes to go??

I hv a hard abscess in molar gum. Dentist make a opening in tooth before root canal 5 days ago, nw swelling remain half. How much time takes to go??

A few days: Once the abscess is drained, most symptoms go away quickly, within a few days. If the abscess is still in the gums, your dentist may suggest that you rinse with warm salt water a few times a day or you may need antibiotics to help fighting infection. Regardless, the abscess will not be cured unless the cause is completely eliminated. ...Read more

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1 month after root canal I have a gum abscess is sensitive, doc prescribe antibiotic but he wants to take the tooth out, are there more options?

1 month after root canal I have a gum abscess is sensitive, doc prescribe antibiotic but he wants to take the tooth out, are there more options?

Always have options: No 2 procedures are ever quite the same. And no 2 teeth are ever identical (in terms of treatment) even when its in your own mouth. Although post-op sensitivity is not uncommon even after a few weeks. A lingering abscess is not indicative of a successful procedure. Before removing the tooth, schedule an appointment with an endodontist to examine all your options. Its only too late when its gone! ...Read more

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Root canal 10 years ago says its not an abbess on my gum? Wants 2 root canal through my front cap, only hurts if I push down on what he says no absess

Root canal 10 years ago says its not an abbess on my gum? Wants 2 root canal through my front cap, only hurts if I push down on what he says no absess

Endo re-treatment: Post-treatment disease is, inevitably, a result of bacteria and infection. Sometimes the failure of the patient to maintain oral hygiene can result in the failure of even the most well executed root-canal and re-treatment is warranted.. ...Read more

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I had a 2nd root canal performed yesterday after an abcess was diagnosed. Is it normal to still have pus on my gum after the procedure?

Keep an eye on it: Unfortunately, root canal treatments can have recurring infections for several reasons. What is important, in my opinion, is to resolve the infection prior to completing the root canal therapy. If it was completed in the presence of active infection, you will need to monitor it closely. If taking antibiotics, the pus should resolve, but could still return later. Pus never really is normal. ...Read more

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Dental abscess after root canal, what to do?

Dental abscess after root canal, what to do?

Call dentist: I would call the dentist who treated the root canal, tell him you have pain and swelling? And he will probably prescribe an antibiotic for you. He may also have you return to the office for an evaluation to determine if you need any medications. But call the doctor first. ...Read more

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What can I do about a recurring dental abscess after root canal?

Fracture: If antibiotics have already been prescribed, it is possible that your tooth is fractured. You should be evaluated by the endodontist or your dentist. ...Read more

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If a tooth with root canal has abscess, would you feel pain?

Yes and no: If the root canal was done, one would not feel pain until the abscess extends into the surrounding tissue and bone. ...Read more

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What can I expect after removing an abscess from a previously done root canal on the same tooth?

What can I expect after removing an abscess from a previously done root canal on the same tooth?

It may heal: A well sealed root canal with a proper restoration will generally heal. The outcome depends on several factors including the bacteria present, whether the natural tooth anatomy was respected and the ability of your body to heal. Success rates are in the mid 80's in the absence of complications. ...Read more

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Is it okay to undergo a root canal treatment even if I have an abscess?

Risk vs benefit: You have to weigh the risk complications of immediate treatment vs the risk of waiting on antibiotics to attack the infection. Sometimes it's best to at least open the tooth and medicate it, then wait for the abcess to "settle down" before completing the root canal. ...Read more

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Could getting root canal on abscessed tooth hurt?

Could getting root canal on abscessed tooth hurt?

Should not: To the contrary, the root canal should relieve the pain! Proper anesthesia should prevent pain during the procedure! ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve my root canal abscessed teeth?

What can I do to relieve my root canal abscessed teeth?

Phone call...: The only way you are going to solve this problem is by seeing a local dentist for treatment. The longer you wait the worst the pain can become. Please call and feel better soon... ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could I relieve my root canal abscessed teeth?

You can't: This isn't a diy project, just like treating a brain abscess isn't a diy project. Please call your dentist immediately for professional care. ...Read more

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I got an old root canal retreated this past tues due to abscess. Dr put meds and temp crown on it til appt in 2 wks. Abscess seems worse. Normal?

Endo retreatment: Whenever a n old root canal is retreated, it is normal for the tooth to be more sensitive than before. The removal of the root canal filling is more laborious that taking out the pulp tissues. It is always possible to take the files outside of the root into the surrounding bone and cause some post op pain. Continue the medication as prescribed and check back with the dentist if symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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Can an abscess continue even after a root canal treatment?

Can an abscess continue even after a root canal treatment?

Yes and No: If the root canal was successful the abscess should heal by its own accord as the cause of the infection has been eradicated&this can take up to a year for complete healing of the apical area. If it persist then the tooth may be fractured. If this is the case it may have been fractured before the rct. See your dentist/see a specialist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Urgent dental advice, I'm getting an abscess on front tooth, already had root canal, how can this be?

Failing root canal: Root canals can fail if there is an inadequate seal or insufficient disinfection of the canal system. Fractures of the root may also cause an abscess. Sometimes periodontal abscesses may be associated with root canal teeth even though the root canal is fine. ...Read more

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I got a root canal retreated due to an abscess and had a temp crown placed a week or so ago. I've been nauseous every day since...Why?

Call dentist: It might not be related to the re-treatment. Are you taking antibiotics and pain medications? You could be having a reaction to one of them. Call the dentist and discuss your symptoms. ...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 tooth abscess, then root canal, but the abscess has not completely gone.

See your dentist: He/she must be certain that the infection is fully eliminated before the tooth is restored with final restoration. If the infection remains it increases the risk of post treatment pain and root canal failure. See your dentist for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Are my only two options root canal or extraction for abscesses molar? And which is safest of these two?

Yes: Usually, the best option is to save your tooth of you can.

you need to get an exam and x-ray to see what is the best option for you.

you can also send me your x-rays for a second opinion

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It's been 3 weeks since part one of my root canal and my abscess is still there, but smaller. I don't have anymedicines left. Is it normal?

Abcess: The lesion should resolve once the treatment is completed. It takes anywhere from 3-6 months for the bone to heal in. Sometimes, if the infection has been present long enough to create scar tissue, a second procedure may be necessary. ...Read more

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Is a dentist suppose to start the process of performing a root canal without draining the abscess if it's swollen the cheeks?

Is a dentist suppose to start the process of performing a root canal without draining the abscess if it's swollen the cheeks?

Yes, of coarse: The only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. The treatments are: root canal treatment, tooth extraction and/or in some cases, drainage surgery. The treatment for this type of abscess is normally root canal treatment. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Had severe tooth abscess 3 months ago, was treated w/ root canal and was fine and now that tooth is painful again. Did the abscess return?

Maybe: You can get the answer by going back to the dentist that did the root canal. They are over 90% effective... But sometime further treatment may need to be done... The root may need re-treatment... Maybe an antibiotic would work or a retro fill will work. Talk with your dentist who can see an x-ray a determine the best course of action.. ...Read more

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I had root canal 4 years ago, there is no pain but my dentist tell me to have re treatment as there is small abscess and blocked area does hurt?

Seek second opinion: Without a comprehensive exam it is impossible to give a definitive response. With that said it is not outside the realm of possibility that a previously treated root canal have an asymptomatic infection associated with it. I believe if you doubt your dentist seek a second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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I will ask to have my molar pulled. Had root canal, lanap and mos. Later now an abscess. I forget the type. He wants to wait to see. I do not. Fed up.

Reasonable: That sounds reasonable. There may be a fracture that is difficult to diagnose. If it has not gotten better in several months I agree it may not be saveable. ...Read more