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Increased pain and swelling after root canal

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Posted by: CdDc00  (2 years ago)
I had a root canal done on one of my top front teeth ten days ago. I have pain specially to biting down for the first two days but I was able to manage it with painkillers. On day three, the pain became worse and I woke up the next day with a swollen face. I immediately went to the dentist and he drained the extra fluid out. The swelling had gone the next day and the pain became bearable. Two days later, the pain became worse and I can’t control anymore. My face became swollen again and this time, a lot bigger than the first time. The dentist did not want to give me stronger pain meds and told me to give it more time as some people takes longer time to heal from a root canal.

Isn't the swelling an indication that something is wrong? The pain increases as days go by. Any help would be great.
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I had a root canal done on one of my top front teeth ten days ago. I have pain specially to biting down for the first two days but I was able to manage it with painkillers. On day three, the pain became worse and I woke up the next day with a swollen face. I immediately went to the dentist and he drained the extra fluid out. The swelling had gone the next day and the pain became bearable. Two days later, the pain became worse and I can’t control anymore. My face became swollen again and this time, a lot bigger than the first time. The dentist did not want to give me stronger pain meds and told me to give it more time as some people takes longer time to heal from a root canal.

Isn't the swelling an indication that something is wrong? The pain increases as days go by. Any help would be great.


There are more and more antibiotic resistant bacteria around. Sometimes pathogens from dead roots are lulus for the body to kill. I guess the root canal is completed? If not, an interim root canal fill with calcium hydroxide sometimes helps. Twice in my career post-root canal infections have sent patients to the hospital for IV drip antibiotics.

The second question is: do you have any reason to suspect your immune system is not up to par?
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