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Massive swelling

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Posted by: PSG100  (9 years ago)
I had a root canal and crown on one of my back teeth on the bottom right side ten years ago. Two weeks ago, I started to have pain from this tooth. It never bothered me before. My regular dentist was on vacation so I went to a new one. He put me on amoxicillin 500mg. The next day, my face was swollen to 5x its normal size. The pain was terrible. I continued taking the med but the swelling did not subside. The pain had spread to my ear, temples and even to my neck. Tomorrow is my last day with the antibiotics and my regular dentist wants to see me. I was just wondering what to expect at the dentist. Any insights? I would be grateful for your help.
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I had a root canal and crown on one of my back teeth on the bottom right side ten years ago. Two weeks ago, I started to have pain from this tooth. It never bothered me before. My regular dentist was on vacation so I went to a new one. He put me on amoxicillin 500mg. The next day, my face was swollen to 5x its normal size. The pain was terrible. I continued taking the med but the swelling did not subside. The pain had spread to my ear, temples and even to my neck. Tomorrow is my last day with the antibiotics and my regular dentist wants to see me. I was just wondering what to expect at the dentist. Any insights? I would be grateful for your help.

You need to have the area lanced and drained as soon as possible. Antibiotics alone work unpredictably.

The origin of the infection could be a gum infection, fractured root, or a failing root canal. It is impossible to tell which without a clinical exam.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 9 years ago
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