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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?

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

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Swollen Face (Definition)

= facial distention due to fluid build up. This may be due to trauma, life-threatening allergic reactions, ...Read more


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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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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 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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A root canal for my abcess tooth on 1/17/15. He did not put me on anti biotics beforehand 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 beforehand 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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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?

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 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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Is it normal for the side of your face to swell up the day after your root canal is retreated?

Is it normal for the side of your face to swell up the day after your root canal is retreated?

It can happen: You may be experiencing what's called a flare-up. It happens up to 13% of the time following root canal. They are more common with retreatment root canals and teeth that have larger areas of inflammation around the root tip. There can be an exaggerated immune response to debris or bacteria at the root tip. You may require further cleaning of the root canal or an antibiotic if you are febrile. ...Read more

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Why is my cheek still swollen after a root canal?

Why is my cheek still swollen after a root canal?

RC: Inflammed tissues take time to go back to normal even after rc. If it does not go down in the following days go back to your dentist. If swelling get worse that is not a good sign. ...Read more

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How do I treat a large swollen gum under my root canal?

Gingival abscess: A gum abscess usually requires treatment; otherwise it can worsen and result in the destruction of the surrounding tissue. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment ASAP. ...Read more

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Gum swollen after root canal. Is this normal and how do I get the swelling down?

See the dentist: I would go back to see the dentist who performed the root canal. There may be an infection. The dentist can then best let you know how to manage this. ...Read more

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Is it normal for lip to be swollen after root canal?

Is it normal for lip to be swollen after root canal?

NO: That is indicative of an infection. See your dentist and make sure he knows about your situation. ...Read more

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How long does a swollen cheek go down after a root canal?

2-3 days: It will usually take 2-3 days to get resolution of a swollen cheek caused by an infected tooth. ...Read more

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I got a swollen jaw after getting a root canal and it hurts. What should I do?

I got a swollen jaw after getting a root canal and it hurts. What should I do?

Tooth abscess: This edema that you are describing can be a sign of an abscess — collection of infection vs. Swelling from the treatment. You should follow-up with the endodontist & perhaps empirically start an antibiotic. Apply heat to the area. If you feel as if the swelling is increasing, erythema is spreading, you become febrile, have nausea/vomiting, shortness of breath, dysphagia — act immediately — ->er. ...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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Root canal, swollen superclavical nodes. Very scared. ENT said they were 5mm and moveable, painless and not to worry but I'm worried?

Root canal, swollen superclavical nodes. Very scared. ENT said they were 5mm and moveable, painless and not to worry but I'm worried?

See dentist: If there is an infection unresolved with the RCT, then biomarker l-homocysteine will resonate with the tooth. Identify the infection and detoxify, and nodes will normalize. ...Read more

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Bottom mollar root canal with large absess/infection. Painful Swollen lymph and now my toncill is very angry. Am I in trouble? Can this be dangerous?

Bottom mollar root canal with large absess/infection. Painful Swollen lymph and now my toncill is very angry. Am I in trouble? Can this be dangerous?

Yes: Please don't let it go! See a dentist to control the infection then eliminate it by either doing root canal therapy to save it or do an extraction and clean out the socket. The infection is going through your body and you know that because of your lymph nodes ...Read more

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I had a root canal on #10. Tooth is still painful to touch and it wiggles. Gums red and swollen. What are typical courses of action for such a tooth?

Not uncommon: It is normal to have some minor pain or discomfort after root canal treatment. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than one week, contact your dentist or endodontist. ...Read more

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Got a root canal redone 5 mos ago but it was unfinished. Am starting to get sore throats and swollen tonsils, not sure if it's from that but im scared?

Probably Unrelated: The symptoms are probably unrelated, but in any event, you really need to complete the root canal and an appropriate restoration before the tooth decays and needs to be extracted. ...Read more

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Mom had a root canal gums swollen a bump with pulse in it remain on gum why?

Abscess or cyst: If the swelling is in the area that equates to the top of the root then it is probably a cyst or an abscess. The root canal may help to resolve this over time. If not then she will need an apicoectomy if she still wants to save the tooth. ...Read more

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I had oral surgery yesterday. I had a failed root canal. My cheek is swollen. What can I do for the swelling that is a natural way.

Swelling reduction : Swelling is to be expected. It's unfortunate, but not uncommon. Application of ice (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off) for 72 hours is a reasonable way to treat the symptom. After 24 hours, NSAID is ideal. ...Read more

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My endodonist did retreatment root canal and a few days later I woke up with swollen cheek could this be from him not allowing it to drain properly?

Swelling post endo: Its possible that residual infection outside the tooth that lead to needing to retreat the root canal has flared up contact the endodontist to let them know what is going on. ...Read more

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What would cause inside of my cheek to be sore and feel swollen after a root canal to upper tooth #14 done 3 days ago?

What would cause inside of my cheek to be sore and feel swollen after a root canal to upper tooth #14 done 3 days ago?

Hematoma or abscess?: It could be normal post-op healing and pain, a hematoma, or a developing abscess. If it persists for several more days, or gets worse, I would go back to see your dentist. ...Read more