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Swollen gum before and after a root canal

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Posted by: servicecrew  (9 years ago)
Hi Doctor!

I had a major cavity on my upper first premolar and the tooth became dark in color. Two weeks ago, my cheek felt so tight and the gum above this tooth was very swollen. The dentist said, I have an infection and he put me on antibiotics for 7 days. I then had a root canal on this tooth two days ago. The dentist filled the hole with a temporary filling and I will go back in a week for the permanent filling. Before I left the dental office, the dentist said there was a large amount of decay on the tooth that he had worked on.

Now, two days had already passed but I still feel the pain. The swelling on my gum is still present. It is tender and it hurts when I press it. Does this mean, the infection was not completely cleared up? It seemed there is a pus in it. Should I be concerned? Please advise!

Thank you very much.
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Hi servicecrew!

The pain could be a (normal) consequence of the wound, however, in serious cases it could mean that the infection has not been entirely stopped; it is difficult to assess so soon after the operation.

I think the best course of action would be to visit your doctor and report the exact issues you are having; if you are still unclear about the cause of the problem, search for a few more dentists (try the dentist search feature on here) because more professional opinions cannot hurt.

Perhaps try a specialist for your kind of problem – an endodontist.

All the best!
LG M.C. Hurtarde
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: servicecrew  (9 years ago)
Many thanks Doc. It is very helpful.