Abscess under root canal tooth

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I had a root canal done on tooth #29 about ten years ago after an injury to the tooth. All seemed well until I noticed a swelling under this tooth a few weeks ago that hurt when pressed. I called the dentist and was told I had an abscess. She prescribed me 150mg Clindamycin over ten days for the infection and referred me to an endodontist. The endodontist retreated the root canal a couple weeks later. A few hours after the retreated root canal became horribly painful and I noticed some swelling.
I have never had a tooth abscess until now. I called my dentist and they are trying to help me to keep cost down bc I have no insurance and xmas is right around corner so money is tight. I have a back molar that broke about 3 months ago ive been trying to save up for root canal but now I think I will need it pulled. The tooth stopped hurting and then I got the pus pocket under it that would flare up but then go down.
If there is an infection in the area and its been there for that many years, it is definitely best to have the root canal done. The root canal consists of removing the infected tissue and placing a filling material to seal the root tip so the infection won't spread. It is definitely more risky to not treat the problem and possibly develop an abscess.
I was told by my dentist that I have an abcess above a tooth that I have already had a root canal done on 18years ago and that I have to see an endodontics for treatment. First I would like to know if they are going to do another root canal or if they're going to perform surgery through my gum to remove this ball of infection? And can only an Endodonitcs fix this problem or can a oral surgeon do this as well? If they go through my gum this would be surgry right?
my dentist says he cant check the root canal work done previously until the infection clears., i am so worried about loosing my tooth. when will the anti botics start to work. i look forward to hearing from you, many thanks.
Hi. Yesterday I had a root canal on my top right incisor. The tooth had apprently died and had been giving me pain and mild swelling (particularly a 'bump' on my gum that made it feel like i had a constant air bubble trapped in my top lip), as an infection had taken hold and an abscess had formed at the tooth root (which, via x-ray, was shown to be the cause of the bump on the gums).
I had a root canal 3 weeks ago, the tooth was devital and abscessed. It was tooth #5. Prior to surgery, I thought it was abscessed since it hurt to touch any part of my face near that tooth, extending from bottom of nose to mouth. Obviously, thought that face pain should go away after surgery, but it is still there. When my face swelled, it was exactly where that face pain was, extending to under my jawline (seemed to follow a nerve??).
I had a root canal yesterday around noon. We had to schedule the visit last minute, because I was in so much pain from an abscess. I was prescribed Penicillin VK, and have been taking it, along with Ibuprofen as needed (and it's needed!) to try and manage the pain. The pain is getting hard to manage at times, though. Sometimes it'll come in waves, and it seems to get worse when I lay down.
I have had a vague on again/off again pain in that tooth since the root canal. It was a complex R.C.; it had needed to be done for 3 yrs, but it took me that long to find a dentist who would do it, since the problem never showed on xray...the canals had become ***? I forget the word. Anyway, the last 2 weeks, I've noticed an increased discomfort while chewing,also foul taste, then 2 days ago, blood while brushing...
I had a root canal about 1 month ago on #14, and still have a sense of pressure above that tooth. There's some pain if I bite or tap just right, but no evident swelling or redness in the gum area. The pain seems to be a dull burning ache that radiates to my inner ear and even behind the ear into the neck area. I haven't done the crown prep yet because I'm waiting for it to be pain free before putting a $700 crown on it.
I had a root canal done about a year ago on a bottom molar. Right after the root canal, I changed jobs and no longer had dental insurance. I never went back and got the crown that I needed. Now a new dentist is telling me that the tooth needs to be re-treated because there is a cotton ball still in there and the temporary filling is no longer completely sealing the tooth.
I saw my dentist again on Monday, where we again discussed the 'pimple thingy' on my gum. He said he would do a root canal to see if this tooth was actually infected. He had done a CO2 test on it the week before and it had been dead. He started the root canal and MAN! (now I hope you aren't eating your dinner) the amount of pus that came out of my head was incredible...try 10 minutes of it! In the end he kept shaking his head, put a plug in it and took an xray.
Will I still be able to get a root canal, or will the tooth have to be extracted? Currently, it's loose. I can touch it and see it move a little relative to the other teeth. But I assume that has something to do with the swollen gums/cheek? The swelling has finally started to go down now that it's been about 24 hours since starting the z-pak, but I'm worried as I would really prefer a root canal to extraction. Thoughts?
It was on a tooth than previously had a root canal performed on it. I was put on antibiotics, but the abscess moved into my cheek and my face became huge. My Endo. was unable to drain the abscess because of where it was located (under my cheek muscle), but went ahead and did the re-do root canal anyway after I was on antibiotics for four days. Presently, he cleaned out the old roots that were missed, but no pus or other type of discharge was cleaned out (I watched the whole thing).
I went to see the dentist (I am staying in Bahrain to visit my dad who works here, and went to a dentist here). The dentist, in my opinion, wasn't very good, and told me that I needed a root canal (Duh), and to take an anti-inflammatory, (duh again). He said i didn't need antibiotics as the infection wasn't that big and my body would fight it off. I asked if he could still prescribe them just in case and he finally agreed and gave me the ibprofin (after begging for that as well).
OK I visited another dentist who inspected my molar first with finger pressure and X-Rayed my molar after I said that I could not feel pain in gums but rather felt pain shooting from underneath the tooth. His diagnosis was that I have developed an abscess in the root and has prescribed me an antibiotic. He has said that the filling will have to be opened up and he will attempt a cleanup after 3 days and that there is no need to get the tooth removed.
Last Wednesday I went to my Endodontist for a root canal re-treatment on my #3 molar. Prior to this procedure, I was aware that I had an infection (abscess) at one of the tooth's roots. (The original root canal done about 9 years ago.) They removed the existing crown because it was a bad crown and I was planning to get a new crown anyway. They searched for any missed canals but did not find any.
The first root canal i had - the tooth was opened to begin the root canal whilst the tooth still had a raging infection - it was absolute agony - i spent the next 6 months going to and from the dentist trying to clear the infection - they kept putting temporary fillings on and having to take them off as the pain was unbearable and the infection had to drain - it took a total of 7 months to complete the rc, with at least 1 if not 2 trips a week to the dentist.
You may want to have the endodontist (root canal specialist) take a look at the tooth and see if it needs a root canal. Sometimes excess cement can cause tooth pain in the area as well. Sometimes if the cavity is deep, it can take some time before the teeth develop symptoms and its unpredictable when that'll happen. Another issue may be pulpal degeneration, in which the nerve will begin to die and develop problems due to its long history of fillings, cavities, crowns, etc.
Anyway, the dentist isn't sure if the tooth can be saved or not, so he referred me to a periodontist to see if a root canal could save the tooth or if it has to be extracted (probably the latter). Unfortunately, I couldn't get in the periodontist for a few months. This was back in May. A couple of weeks ago I developed another abscess in the same spot. So the doc put me on the same antibiotic again.
When I went back yesterday he said that as I am no longer sensitive to cold (or heat) with pain then I have an abscess and will also need a root canal done. He put me on antibiotics. How does he know the abscess is in the root and not the gum (I don't have any visible or tactile swelling except for the feeling of a raised tooth which I have had for 2.5 weeks), and couldn't the lack of sensitivity be because the dynamics of the injury has changed?
i had an abscess on a tooth that had already had root canal treatment went to the dentist he said i had the abscess after taking an x ray and said the tooth needed to be removed. without asking whether there was anyone to go home wiith me or if the rest of my day was free, he, under just normal injected into the mouth painkiller proceeded to pull the tooth i felt most of it and screamed i had previously asked can i have gas and air or something he said id be "fine" .
5) I had the root canal done by an entodontist 5 years ago if he had missed a canal or failed to clean tooth wouldn't this abscess have manifested itself earlier? Could I always have had an infection, however small, since I had the procedure? 6) This may be wishful thinking but is there any circumstance where the abscess may be treated with antibiotics alone? without any kind of draining or drilling?
jpg[/IMG] X-Ray image above. The molar on my lower right (2nd tooth from the end) had a root canal and crown done at a very reputable dental clinic in NW Nassau several years ago, where I continue to go to recieve dental care. Before the root canal the tooth was giving me pain due to a cavity that went too deep, after the RCT I had no problems with the tooth, until late this summer, even I had swelling (but no pain) in the gum around the tooth.
One of the tooth infections was over a tooth that had a root canal ( about 15 yrs ago) So, my dentist recommended extractions on both infected back teeth. He also recommended implants as well. I was ok with this and didnt want to go through the root canal procedure again. Plus, extraction was recommended in my particular case. I just got one tooth extracted today. The procedure was painless and very smooth. He prescribed antibiotics after the extraction.
Not sure how to word this. I have developed and abscess under a crown with a root canal on my lower right molar second from the end. I am now seeing an endodonist to treat the abscess and he has warned me about a possible "crack", or fracture that would require removal of the tooth. I am experiencing high levels of anxety after reading other forums on the possiblity of "jaw infection" as the xray did show a clearly deifned area of swelling where the abscess located..
Hi, I have a abscess above my main "chewing" tooth on my upper right side. I am under no illusions, I need a root canal or an extraction which I have been putting off for a long time. Anyway, I am on day four of Flucloxacillin tablets, however, my cheek is becoming slightly more puffy as the days go by. Starting to look a bit like a hamster now. The pain from the abscess near the tooth has gone, only extreme pain is when I apply any sort of pressure to the cheek.
Gluing the tooth back together would be a foolish thing to do, unless of course there were some unknown way to totally sanitize the entire tooth all the way down under the bone, and around the root of the tooth. They would still have to do a root canal. In that process they generally use bleach to disinfect the root cavity, so I suppose it might be possible to clean the entire area that way, but it would be a very risky procedure.
He said a upper tooth on that side showed infection and it had already had a root canal and crown, so he retreated the tooth. He said the tooth smelled horrible while he was cleaning it out. He wasn't going to put me on antibiotics but I kind of insisted. It has been several weeks and the nodes in my neck are still swollen and now the ones under my jaw are swelling up and I have stiffness at the base of the back of my head and neck..
2) Is it possible the tooth is cracked? 3) Is it more likely the root canal was not successful? The Endodontic stated today he had no way of knowing if the tooth was cracked, if the root canal was the cause, if the shortened post was the cause (which his one X-ray didn't reveal)... etc.
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