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Gum swelling after a root canal treatment

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Posted by: amorB11  (9 years ago)
Dear Doc,

Five days ago, I had a root canal done on my premolar. It was an abscessed tooth. I have been having pain on this tooth for about two years but never had it checked because of fear. I only went to the dentist when I saw a giant fistula formed on my gum above the tooth. They put me under IV sedation and had the procedure done completely in one sitting. He took some x-rays after the procedure and said everything looked fine. He sent me home with antibiotics and painkillers. After the anesthetic wore off I started to experience mild pain in the tooth. I took antibiotics and painkillers. I was able to deal with the pain.

On the third day after the root canal treatment, I noticed a feeling of tightness in my cheek and it felt like a hard ball was on top of my gum above the root canal treated tooth. It's very painful to touch. Today is the 5th day and my gums are more heavily swollen and my jaw is painful. What can I do? I am still taking painkillers and antibiotics but there is no sign of the swelling on my gums reducing. I just feel like the infection wasn't completely cleared yet and I am afraid that it is eating away at my gums and jaw. Please advise me on this! I would be grateful for any help you can give me.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
The best thing to do is to contact the dentist who performed the treatment.Pain and swelling in a previously abscessed too is not that uncommon your tooth has been traumatized and needs time to calm down. If RCT fails they only other option left is extraction. I hope in your case you are doing all right and should not be afraid of the dentist there are there to help and advice.