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Done root canal. Swollen and painful gum. Taking Ibuprofen and Tylenol but no relief

hi, i had a root canal a week ago, i still have to go back, as he only removed the root, to remove the pain, he had a cancellation, and i coulnt stand the pain anymore. that tooth is sensetive, which he said would happen, but my gum, i a little swollen, and hurts, i am tking 600 mg of ibuprofen every 6 hrs nd using 1000 mg of tylenol in between. i get pain every 3 hrs so have to use the tylenol too. i am on an antibiotic too, but it doesnt seem to be helping
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hello there ,

Root canal treatment is done on the infected or decayed tooth to remove the infected pulp tissue and to relieve the symptoms of pain and sensitivity permanently by devitamising the tooth.

any remnants of the dental pulp or the tooth nerve tissue present in the root canals leads to pain and discomfort.

Analgesics like ibubrufen will relieve the pain temporarily , once the root canals are disinfected and filled with permanent canal sealing material and the procedure is completed pain is relived permanently.

so get the treatment completed as soon as possible followed by crown coverage of the treated tooth.

i hope this helps ,

take care.

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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for posting the query,

Swollen gums indicates infection of gums and abscess formation. As you said Root canal treatment is not completed, vital pulp tissue might be left in the canal causing pain and discomfort. Swelling of the gums indicates that the infection had spread to surrounding tissues leading to formation of abscess .

Antibiotics and analgesic will give temporary relief ,
Get the abscess drained by the Dentist and the root canal procedure completed
Unless the tooth is devatalised , disinfected and sealed to the apex you may experience pain and infection.

You maintain a good oral hygiene , use lukewarm saline gargles , use chlorhexidine mouthwash gargles twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist) and am glad to address to your query here.

It is common that for the first day or so following your treatment your tooth might feel a little tender.

Any sensitivity that is noticed can usually be controlled by way of taking an over-the-counter analgesic, especially one that has anti-inflammatory properties such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or aspirin.

where more than one appointment is needed, the temporary filling that's been placed might crack, break or be lost. If so, saliva (and the bacteria and debris it contains) will re-contaminate the interior of your tooth and your dentist will have to spend your next appointment cleaning out your tooth a second time.

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.
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