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White Gum After Root Canal
It's ok: When doing a root canal, your dentist places a clamp around your teeth, and sometimes this creates some gum pain for a few days after treatment. They also use some irrigation solutions that can cause the tissue to turn white. It is a temporary condition, and should soon resolve. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call your dentist, and they can coach you more. ...Read more
No: Root canals performed by well-trained endodontists have patients which may experience pain after a week. Have it reevaluated. Fractures may sometimes be present but undetected. Additionally, there may be additional canals present which are difficult to detect. A cbct scan can aid in determining whether these issues are present. ...Read more
Possibly neither one: Possibly neither one if the cavity is of a small size, your dentist can most likely fix it with a simple filling. If the cavity is penetrating deeper, then you might need a root canal treatment, followed by a crown. And if the caviry is encompassing major area of your tooth that renders it un-restorable, .... Then you should think about having it removed (atraumatically), and later on implant and a new crown. ...Read more
New crown (root canal). Gums in front of it are now very low. Can suck air in thru that space (not like this pre-crown). What possible causes & fixes?
Gums around crown: This may be a temporary alteration in the contours of the crown related to the process of preparation, impression taking, temporization and cementation or... It may be related to the contours of the new crown as compared to the contours of the old one. This should be discussed with the dentist who has been treating you. ...Read more
Maybe: If your sore gum is localized to the area around the tooth that was treated, it's probably due to the pressure of the clamp that held the rubber dam in place around the tooth. ...Read more
That's strange: Bleeding from the gums is not common after a root canal, especially 3 weeks after. It could be an unrelated problem, but you should definitely return to your dentist to have it evaluated. Most bleeding gum problems are due to an irritation in the area like plaque accumulation or a rough filling. ...Read more
Be patient 7-10 days: During the root canal therapy a lot of collateral tissue (gums, nerves, muscles) damage is done. The swelling is a symptom of the affected tissue inflammation. Over the counter medications (Aleeve, Advil) for a few days will ameliorate the pain and swelling. If concerned? Call your dentist for post-op exploration. ...Read more
Root Canal: If the rct was uneventful then the sensitive gums are most probably due to recession of the tissue exposing root surface that can be very sensitive. If it feels like pressure is building up or the gum tissue under the rct tooth is sensitive to biting or touch then you need to see the treating dentist to evaluate the issue. ...Read more
Not routine ... : But few questions I have can get the answer u want ... 1) is the root canal done by endodontist/specialist? Because they, might have used "rubber dam " where sometimes the clamping is slipped on to the gum line causing pain aferwards. And its transient. 2) did u have any fistula/abscess/history of periodontal problem prior to the root canal. Since that can also contribute to the issue. ...Read more
Why after having a root canal would the same spot on my gum still hurt? Especially when I lay down?
Yes...: It may take some time for healing to occur. If the discomfort continues over time and your are concerned about it please contact your dentist. Your dentist would have the best course of action to take since he/she knows your particular situation. ...Read more
What could be the cause of the swelling that I have in the gum around the area where I had a root canal?
Explain the cause of inflammation of gums around a fronttooth crown. I did not have a root canal and there is nopain.
Root canal 10 years ago says it's 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
I have a sharp pain on my lower gum, same area where I had a root canal and crown done about 2 years ago. Do I need to get the root canal done again or should I rather just take pain medication to suppress the pain as it is not daily.
Pain: Pain is nature's way of telling you something is wrong. I definitely would not just take pain medication when needed and wait it out. Over 35 years of experience tells me that at some point this will probably flare up and you will be sorry for waiting. Only a dentist who personally examines you and takes x-rays can determine cause and suggest treatment. Make an appointment asap! ...Read more
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
RCT or EXT?: Whether to do RCT or extract the tooth depends upon many factors. Unfortunately that is not something we can evaluate over the internet without actually seeing the tooth and an x-ray. If the infection is too large, if there is not enough sound tooth structure or if the tooth has severe bone loss, you will lose the tooth anyway even if RCT done. Trust your dentist or get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more
Dentist said my root canal wouldn't hurt and it did. Will i still feel pain in my gums and stuff?
Sometimes there is some residual pain while you are healing from the infection. This should happen rather quickly.
If you continue to have a significant amount of pain then you should call you dentist and have this evaluated. ...Read more
Was wondering if your gum can become infected because a filling chipped, can it cause a root canal?
By itself, no: You can develop an infection in the gums if food debris is left between the tooth and the gums, allowing bacteria to grow and use the food as a food source. Your gums can also seem infected as a result of an abscess of a tooth that has found a way through the bone and gums and causes swelling at the exit portal. By itself, a chipped tooth won't cause gum infection. ...Read more
Had a root canal done about two months ago, now I feel a lump on my gum, same area .what could it be?
Recurrent infection?: May be a recurrent infection; best to see the treating dentist so they can take a new x=ray and compare it with the old one. ...Read more
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
I have a gum boil I think and it doesn't hurt when I touch it and I'm really scared to get a root canal I'm only 14 :(I also have braces?
Abscess unlikely: Without the presence of a large, painful, cavity in your tooth, it is unlikely that this is an abscess. At age 14 you might still have baby teeth. This could just be a permanent tooth erupting a little out of place. Don't be scared. See your dentist and let them figure out what is going on. Their job is to help you. ...Read more
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