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How do you get the swelling to go down after a root canal?

I have swelling after a root canal. How do you get the swelling to go down after a root canal?

3 Answers

Moist heat on face 15 minutes on, 30 minutes off. Do not leave the heat on continuously and not hot enough to cause a burn.
You probably need antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds such as ibuprofen or aspirin (if you can take them). Also, warm salt-water rinses and a heating pad off and on will help the swelling resolve. If those things do not work there may be a more serious problem that you need to address with your dentist.

Dr. Conrad
You can try putting some ice pack to reduce swelling. If the swelling does not go away, you should contact the dentist who did the root canal. They may need to prescribe antibiotics or do some follow up procedures.