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Lymph Node

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Posted by: MyWinona  (9 years ago)
Dear all,

I went to the dentist two months ago to have one of my back molars checked. It was aching for a week. The dentist said the tooth was very decayed but he will try to save it through a root canal treatment if I want to. I agreed and he performed the root canal on that day.

Shortly, after I got the filling, I got a swelled lymph node in the right side of my neck and the tooth was hurting at the same time. After a week, the swelling was gone but the tooth pain remained. After about two weeks, I again had a swollen lymph node. I also noticed that the tooth hurts with anything hot and cold even with air. The next day, I woke up with headache and fever.

Is it time for the tooth to go? The dentist would only be able to see me after a month and I can’t go elsewhere because of insurance. What should I do while I wait for my appointment? Please help!

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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)

Hey MyWinona,

I'm sorry you are having trouble. I can't be sure but your swollen lymph node most probably is in response to the infection in your tooth. The whole scenario tells me that you have had irreversible pulpitis initially, and the infection progressed down the root to form an abscess. A root canal complication could be a possibility too. Your dentist could have most likely pushed the infection further down or, it could be the therapeutic effect of the filling material on the bacteria causing it.

I wish I could be more specific but I really cannot. I hope you visit your endodontist as soon as you can. You don't deserve the pain. Did you try taking antibiotics? That could help subside the infection until your appointment. I'd rather save the tooth than invite a whole lot of other difficulties associated with extraction and its replacement.

Keep us updated, good luck!