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Could a cracked root canal tooth cause swollen lymph nodes? Had root canal 5 years ago, pain when chewing.

25 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Cracked tooth

a cracked tooth can cause the symptoms that you describe.
See a dentist ASAP for an evaluation.

In brief: Cracked tooth

a cracked tooth can cause the symptoms that you describe.
See a dentist ASAP for an evaluation.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Dentist

see your dentist ASAP.
Damaged teeth can let bacteria leak into your bloodstream and cause health issues. Enlarged lymph nodes may be a sign that there might be an infection. Take care of this quickly.

In brief: Dentist

see your dentist ASAP.
Damaged teeth can let bacteria leak into your bloodstream and cause health issues. Enlarged lymph nodes may be a sign that there might be an infection. Take care of this quickly.
Dr. Su Fairchild
Dr. Su Fairchild
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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If the crack allows for bacteria to infect the root and/or gums then the lymph nodes draining that part of your mouth will react and enlarge.

In brief: Yes

If the crack allows for bacteria to infect the root and/or gums then the lymph nodes draining that part of your mouth will react and enlarge.
Dr. James Okamoto
Dr. James Okamoto
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Get evaluated

Though you have had cracked tooth for 5 years, recent symptoms may indicate infection or absceess

In brief: Get evaluated

Though you have had cracked tooth for 5 years, recent symptoms may indicate infection or absceess
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A cracked tooth (even one that has had a root canal) can let bacteria get in under the tooth.
This can defiantly cause an infection that can lead to swollen lymph nodes. You need to see your dentist ASAP for a definitive diagnosis. Depending on how bad both the crack and the infection are, treatment may consist of antibiotics, redoing the root canal and placing a crown or extraction of the tooth.

In brief: Yes

A cracked tooth (even one that has had a root canal) can let bacteria get in under the tooth.
This can defiantly cause an infection that can lead to swollen lymph nodes. You need to see your dentist ASAP for a definitive diagnosis. Depending on how bad both the crack and the infection are, treatment may consist of antibiotics, redoing the root canal and placing a crown or extraction of the tooth.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Definitely, yes

Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by dental infection from an old cracked root canal tooth.
See your dentist for evaluation and treatment options.

In brief: Definitely, yes

Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by dental infection from an old cracked root canal tooth.
See your dentist for evaluation and treatment options.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. William Lewis
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, if infected

It can if infected or irritating the gums.
Suggest you see your dentist for evaluation.

In brief: Yes, if infected

It can if infected or irritating the gums.
Suggest you see your dentist for evaluation.
Dr. William Lewis
Dr. William Lewis
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Dr. Christopher Smith
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

yes,periodontal disease,gingivitis,and dental abscess can cause adenopthy

In brief: Yes

yes,periodontal disease,gingivitis,and dental abscess can cause adenopthy
Dr. Christopher Smith
Dr. Christopher Smith
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dental Infection

Yes, a cracked tooth or failing root canal could cause lymph node swelling.
Go and see a dentist to have an evaluation before you get a serious infection or more pain.

In brief: Dental Infection

Yes, a cracked tooth or failing root canal could cause lymph node swelling.
Go and see a dentist to have an evaluation before you get a serious infection or more pain.
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes

Yes. Bad prognostic sign.
See DDS ASAP. Very high chance the tooth will require extraction.

In brief: Yes

Yes. Bad prognostic sign.
See DDS ASAP. Very high chance the tooth will require extraction.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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