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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?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Infection

You likely have an infection andalusia oray not be related to drainage.
See the endodontist as soon as possible.

In brief: Infection

You likely have an infection andalusia oray not be related to drainage.
See the endodontist as soon as possible.
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Dr. J.Todd Martin
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Retreatment

You need to call your dentist and let him know.
You may have an infection. In most cases you are given an antibiotic after a root canal is done.

In brief: Retreatment

You need to call your dentist and let him know.
You may have an infection. In most cases you are given an antibiotic after a root canal is done.
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Dr. J.Todd Martin
The infection is not a cause of the tooth not being drained, but there is an infection that is why you should return to your Doctor.
Dr. Erick Jansson
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: Not likely

Anything is possible.
However, the feeling that a tooth needs to be drained during a root canal isn't supported by good clinical practice or research. An endodontist is bound by what we call "standard of care" they are morally and legally obligated to provide quality care that meets or exceeds good clinical practice in your area. It is not in your best interest or theirs to do substandard work.

In brief: Not likely

Anything is possible.
However, the feeling that a tooth needs to be drained during a root canal isn't supported by good clinical practice or research. An endodontist is bound by what we call "standard of care" they are morally and legally obligated to provide quality care that meets or exceeds good clinical practice in your area. It is not in your best interest or theirs to do substandard work.
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Dr. Harlan Wilson
Dentistry

In brief: No

If the hiding place of the bacteria is closed by a root canal, sometime the bacteria put one last fight and amtibiotics should eliminate these last bacteria.
If there is still swelling, very difficult fractures could be present, difficult bacteria could be present, etc.

In brief: No

If the hiding place of the bacteria is closed by a root canal, sometime the bacteria put one last fight and amtibiotics should eliminate these last bacteria.
If there is still swelling, very difficult fractures could be present, difficult bacteria could be present, etc.
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Dr. Seth Black
I agree with the comments by dr Wilson...sometimes the bacteria is outside of the tooth and requires a procedure to reach the area via a procedure called an apicoectomy. If there is a cyst outside the tooth, this will also need to be removed and will not resolve with a root canal or antibiotics alone
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