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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!

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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Swollen Face (Definition)

Swollen face is also known as Facial swelling. Facial swelling is the build-up of fluid in the tissues of the face. Swelling may ...Read more


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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... ...Read more

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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! ...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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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?

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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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. ?

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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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?

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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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. ...Read more

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I had a root canal 3 days ago on tooth 20. No pain before the procedure. Had moderate pain since. Pain better today, but my face is visibly swollen. Taking amoxicillin 875 2 times daily as well as ibuprofen. Endodontist and regular dentist office closed f

I had a root canal 3 days ago on tooth 20. No pain before the procedure. Had moderate pain since. Pain better today, but my face is visibly swollen. Taking amoxicillin 875 2 times daily as well as ibuprofen. Endodontist and regular dentist office closed f

Usually OK: If you are on amoxicillin , infection is unlikely. However root canal is a traumatic procedure and may cause pain and swelling for a few days. You are doing the right thing. But if you can't get a pain medication, try placing an ice pack at the area for up 20 minutes at a time. Your PCP may also be able to Rx a pain med for you if it is intolerable. Call dentist if problem worsens or persists. ...Read more

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