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Had a root canal done, gums swollen, mucus, sinus infection, pain in jawbone. Will I be okay?

I recently had a root canal done due to my gums being swollen, pain in my mouth that went up to the left side of my nose. My nose was alittle swollen, the dentist injected injected an antibiotic during root canal, the following day I blew my nose when the mucus came out it was thicker then usual and noticed it kind of looked like rubber glue. When looking into my nose I noticed a white patch in there and my nostril looks swollen. I ve recently been on antibiotics for sinus infection after getting Cat Scan and seeing an ear nose and throat doctor, but before all this happened I had pain on the right side of my face in the jawbone area underneath my ear doctors thought it was mastiod, bone infection and turned out not to be. Cat Scan did determine I had mucus and sinusitis. my question iscould the white patch on my nostrils be sinusitisor the antibiotics that the dentist inject in my tooth and gums.
Asked On : Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

Your history requires little more clarity, you have mentioned that you got root canal treatment done. This is done to treat a tooth which has involved the pulp and periapical area.

It is not done for gum swelling. The cause for your gum swelling is the abscess, which was due to infected tooth.

Your dentist has injected local anesthetic to relieve pain during root canal treatment procedure.

Its effect last for few hours only, this will not lead to sinusitis.

Please mention which tooth are you talking about ? is it your upper left side first molar?

Here i would like to mention that if this is the tooth on which RCT has been done, then in rare chances it can lead to oro antral fistula. The white patch and mucus thicker than usual could be the result of this.

For this i would suggest you to revisit your dentist for clinical evaluation. Have you mentioned to your dentist about your recent sinusitis and the antibiotics that you were taking prior to dental treatment?

Your pain underneath your ear on right side is not related to this.

It could be due to impacted tooth in the lower jaw or a periapical infection on right side , for this you must get an xray done to rule out any impaction or infection. .

Hope i have answered your query.


Take care.
Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Pain after RCT can be because of re-infection of tooth leading to periapical abscess formation leading to infection and inflammation of the adjacent tissues .
Get complete clinical examination of the tooth done by a dentist .Take x-ray of the tooth.

If the tooth is capped pain can also be because of accumulation of food between the toooth and gums .
Get complete mouth scaling and polishing done .
Use saline water gargles 3-4 times a day
Use 0.2% of chlorhexidine mouthwash solution gargles twice daily .

Pain can be because of sinus infection . Visit a ENT Specialist for treatment of sinusitis .

Hope this helps out .

Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome,

Thanks for writing in.
As you described,root canal treatment has undergone.
If the RCT HAS performed in upper anterior teeth,the local anaesthesia administered on the nasopalatine fossa can cause swelling and thick mucous secretion from the nose.
The swelling may subside within 7 days.APPly cold pack on the affected site.
take complete course of antibiotics as per dentist's prescription.
take care
Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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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.

There are several different types of abscess but the most common is a periapical abscess in which there is a cavity in the tooth that invades the pulp of the tooth. The bacteria then travels down the pulp into the jawbone and begins to destroy the jawbone.
If there is an abscess and it is treated, it can be fixed or it can result in a scarring of the jaw bone. The bacteria enter the jaw and will travel the path of least resistance.
i would suggest you to revisit your dentist for clinical evaluation and talk about all you are doing

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.
Answered: Thu, 14 Mar 2013
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