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Damaged old filling, swollen lymph nodes on neck, gums red around tooth, swelling. Tooth infection?

hi, I have just been to see dentist today after i cracked/damaged an old filling in top right rear of mouth about a week ago. i have been ill the last 2 days as well with swollen glands/ lymph nodes on neck/no energy - could the tooth be infected? the gum is very red around the tooth and after having a temp filling fitted today the gum has swollen up and theres alot of discomfort in that area.
Asked On : Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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Dentist, Periodontics 's  Response
Wel come to Healthcare magic
Thanks for the query
yes,sir definitely your tooth is severely infected. that infection is the reson for your lymphnode enlargement/swelling. its better to get an x-ray done to rule out the degre of involvement of the tooth infection. then go for Root canal treatment and filling. then after few days, crown on the same tooth shuold be placed.
the closed filling on the infected tooth is causing the pain and swelling of the gums. so its better to get the filling removed and go for cleaning of the root canals follwed by open dressing till the infection drains. then can go for filling.
its better to consult an endodontist for this treatment.
Hope i have tried to answer your query.
Answered: Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
I read your problem,according to the given history it seems that you have infection in that i will suggest you please go to your dentist and go for complete examination done including x-rays.and take a proper treatment accordingly.
and please follow all the given instructions properly.
nothing to get worried.
take care.
Dr.Gunjan Gupta
Answered: Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

The tooth on which temporary filling has been done is severely infected and that is the reason for your present symptoms.

please revisit your dentist and get the temporary filling removed.get a x ray done to see the extent of infection.

The tooth requires root canal treatment followed by a cap.

you can take analgesics until yo see your dentist.

Hope it helps.


Take care.
Answered: Sat, 13 Jul 2013
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Dentist, Prosthodontics Dr. Shivangi Gajwani Jain's  Response
Yes, the tooth seems infected as after putting the temporary filling what you are observing is pus accumulation in the area. Most probably you may have to get a rootcanal treatment done in that tooth but it can be ascertained after examining the xrays.
Your dentist may also give you antibiotics and anti inflamatory for the discomfort and to reduce the infection.

Answered: Mon, 20 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

According to your clinical symptoms i suppose that you have developed severe infection in your decayed tooth, swelling in th gums is due to pus accumulation.

I would encourage you to visit to an Endodontist and get the checkup done, take an x-ray of the tooth, and plan for the root canal treatment.
Take a course of antibiotics and analgesics.
At home take lukewarm saline and antiseptic mouthwash rinses.
Maintain a good oral hygiene.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Sat, 27 Jul 2013
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Dentist, Orthodontics Dr. Mrunal Meshram's  Response
thank you for writing in hcm
yes , your tooth must be severely infected.
please revisit your dentist for clinical examination and get the x-ray done.
open dressing will be needed for subsiding the infection first and then proper cleaning of root canals , obturation (filling of canals) and cap on the tooth for protection will be needed.
take antibiotic regime , as advised by dentist.
meanwhile do not let food accumulate in that regine.
warm water rinses after every meal.
avoid to chew from that sode for few days.
for further query , write us back
take care
Answered: Sat, 27 Jul 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to hcm forum robl,

i am glad you wrote in, according to the dental history presented by you it seems that your tooth is infected,therefore you have symptoms(fever,fatigue,swollen lymph nodes).
Once the restoration(filling) cracks, oral fluids seep in easily, resulting in microbial infestation.

therefore your dentist replaced your fractured filling with a temporary one to check whether the infection is deep or superficial, in your case its deep, therefore, its hurting following the temporary filling,if possible, kindly remove the filling, or visit your dentist soon.

most probably , the tooth will have to undergo root canal treatment,in order to confirm the treatment plan, x-ray would be required.

i advise you to visit you dentist, get the temporary filling removed, he/she will prescribe you antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication to relief pain and swelling.

i recommend antibacterial(betadine) mouth rinse twice/day, along with warm saline rinses(3-4 times/day), this will help resolve most of the swelling.

i hope i answered you query,

i wish you good health.
Answered: Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
your tooth has infected giving temporary filling,the pain won't have to go for root canal treatment of the tooth.after removing the infected pulp completely the pain and discomfort will reduce.
take a complete course of antibiotics too.
Answered: Mon, 20 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Sapna Purwaha's  Response
it seem your tooth is highly infected .u need to undergo
an xray of that tooth.u may need to get an root canal done
of that tooth.antibiotics and analgesics will be prescribed
Answered: Thu, 6 Sep 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Hi, Robi,
Thanks for query.
Due to cracked filling you got infection in root of the tooth giving rise to this problem.
I would you suggest to go for antibiotic medicine.
Consult dentist and get examined.
Ok and bye.
Answered: Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Chandra Shekhar Sharma's  Response

Welcome to HCM,

It seems that, due to damage of old filling, the cavity of tooth was open, and due to accumulation of food particles in it and subsequent bacterial growth, your tooth get infected.

As gum around the tooth is swollen and red, you have probably developed apical abscess.

X-ray of tooth will be required to find out the condition of tooth.

You require cavity cleaning, anti-inflammatory and a course of proper antibiotic.

Please consult a Dentist and take treatment.

With good wishes,
Answered: Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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