had a root canal a year ago and the dentist could only find one canal. he thought the other canals were calcified. Now tooth is abcessed. went to the dentist and he put me on a z-pack... that afternoon my face swelled severely and was hot to touch. i was in alot of pain. Went back to dentist the next day. He changed me to amoxicillian reluctantly and was not concerned about the swelling. He said I should not have pain. i had alot of pain. although it has subsided in my mouth. my face is very tender to touch and is still swollen. I am scheduled for a root canal in a few days.. also this tooth has a crown on it. shouldnt I wait until all the swelling is gone in my face? Im concerned I have cellulits. there is still a swollen area on my gum over my tooth. any info will be very much appreciated.
The standard treatment for an oral infection causing swelling is to first obtain drainage and then antibiotics.
Most often antibiotics will not cure this infection and just get you by until definitive treatment (root canal) can be started.
You may want to consider seeing an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon about the swelling and pain.
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