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Cyst in the eye after a root canal treatment

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Posted by: Jamestooth  (8 years ago)

Dear everyone,

I had a severe toothache three weeks ago and I immediately went to the dentist. He said the decay was not that bad and I will not need a root canal. He just filled the cavity and the tooth crowned. When the numbing shot wore off, I was in pain. I woke up the next day with a swollen face. I went back to the dentist and he told me that I developed an infection and I now need a root canal. I was referred to an endodontist.

I went to see the endodontist on the same day. After the procedure, he told me that one of the canals was too curved and he could not completely clear it out. He asked me to go back to him regularly so he could monitor my healing progress and make sure all is well.

A week after the root canal, I developed redness in my right eye. I used eye drops to clear it up. It became worse after a week and I decided to see an eye specialist. She said I have a cyst in my eye and she gave me an eye drop and told me the cyst will eventually go away. Well, it did not. After three days, I begin to have stabbing pain behind my eye and throbbing pain in my right ear. What should I do now? Could this be related to the extraction I had three weeks ago? Does this have something to do with the canal that was not cleared completely? Has anyone experienced this? Please help me on what to do!
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Posted by: mdhola  (8 years ago)
I would say it is less likely to develop cyst in eye because of dental infection. However, if infection is too bad then it can cause swelling of your lower eyelid but these teeth are usually front teeth. Quite honestly, I haven't see or heard of any case in which there is development of eye cyst after root canal. I would advise you to ask opinion of your ophthalmologist regarding cause of eye cyst.
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Dear everyone,

I had a severe toothache three weeks ago and I immediately went to the dentist. He said the decay was not that bad and I will not need a root canal. He just filled the cavity and the tooth crowned. When the numbing shot wore off, I was in pain. I woke up the next day with a swollen face. I went back to the dentist and he told me that I developed an infection and I now need a root canal. I was referred to an endodontist.

I went to see the endodontist on the same day. After the procedure, he told me that one of the canals was too curved and he could not completely clear it out. He asked me to go back to him regularly so he could monitor my healing progress and make sure all is well.

A week after the root canal, I developed redness in my right eye. I used eye drops to clear it up. It became worse after a week and I decided to see an eye specialist. She said I have a cyst in my eye and she gave me an eye drop and told me the cyst will eventually go away. Well, it did not. After three days, I begin to have stabbing pain behind my eye and throbbing pain in my right ear. What should I do now? Could this be related to the extraction I had three weeks ago? Does this have something to do with the canal that was not cleared completely? Has anyone experienced this? Please help me on what to do!


You did not say which tooth it was. The root ends of upper canine teeth are very close to the orbit of the eye. I have had patients' eyes swell shut because of an abscess above a canine root, and sometimes an upper first premolar.

Dental CAT scans are invaluable for this sort of pathology. A CAT scan will tell you extactly where the cyst is in relation to your eye.

Dr. Kim Henry
Posted 8 years ago
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