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Root Canal caused illness? Help!

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Posted by: Face123  (8 years ago)
A small and painless pea sized lump appeared on my upper gum less then a week ago. I went to the dentist yesterday who informed me that it was an abscess and that I needed root canal treatment. So yesterday morning I got the first stage of the treatment done (clearing out the infection and popping the abscess) The actual procedure wasn't bad and all I had was slight soreness on the gum afterwards. I didn't receive any medication e.g. anti-biotics

However, today at work I suddenly feel really ill. My head, neck, jaw and throat are all extremely sore and I have really bad fatigue (can barely keep my eyes open) At one point I had a bit of a hot flush and felt very nauseas and a little faint – I've been eating like normal since the treatment.

So I rang the dentist but he told me that none of these symptons have anything to do with my treatment, the whole thing is completely unrelated. Normally I completely trust what I'm told by doctors/dentists but I just find this a little hard to believe - I was feeling fine yesterday. I have suffered from sinus infections in the past so wondered if maybe this triggered it off?? I have not felt this ill for a very long time.

Anyway, he did not offer any anti-biotics so was wondering maybe if this is what I need or if I should just go to the doctors?

Thanks!
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A small and painless pea sized lump appeared on my upper gum less then a week ago. I went to the dentist yesterday who informed me that it was an abscess and that I needed root canal treatment. So yesterday morning I got the first stage of the treatment done (clearing out the infection and popping the abscess) The actual procedure wasn't bad and all I had was slight soreness on the gum afterwards. I didn't receive any medication e.g. anti-biotics

However, today at work I suddenly feel really ill. My head, neck, jaw and throat are all extremely sore and I have really bad fatigue (can barely keep my eyes open) At one point I had a bit of a hot flush and felt very nauseas and a little faint – I've been eating like normal since the treatment.

So I rang the dentist but he told me that none of these symptons have anything to do with my treatment, the whole thing is completely unrelated. Normally I completely trust what I'm told by doctors/dentists but I just find this a little hard to believe - I was feeling fine yesterday. I have suffered from sinus infections in the past so wondered if maybe this triggered it off?? I have not felt this ill for a very long time.

Anyway, he did not offer any anti-biotics so was wondering maybe if this is what I need or if I should just go to the doctors?

Thanks!


It is seldom that post-op sequelae from a root canal are so widespread as the symptoms you describe. Even a post-op infection is usually limited to the side of the face.

Patients react differently to the trauma of injection, dental treatment, and holding one's jaw open. Some "fragile" patients may be thrown off by a combination of the above, and have symptoms like yours.

It is overkill to prescribe antibiotics for every root canal patient. Its serves no use in the majority of patients, and causes side effects, especially in women.

Another possibility is you came down with an upper respiratory tract infection at about the same time you had the root canal done, and you think the two are related, when they are really not.
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted 8 years ago
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hi Face123
root canal therapy caused illness.The bacteria of root canal produce toxins that have been proposed several clinical conditions including oral bone destruction, pneumonia, cardiovascular disease.Main cause of illness is suppression of immune system.if you feel illness ,you have need to go to dentist for diagnose the cause of illness.
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Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: Jennifernew  (8 years ago)
Some times on taking an injection some people get ill and suffer from fever. This happens due to the side-effect of injection. This time you might be getting this problem due to the side-effect of the treatment or due to the pea sized lump.
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