I have had two salivary gland infections and both have been by a tooth that had a root canal treatment. Could there be something from the root canal that is “leaking” into and infecting the salivary gland?
I’m sorry for what you have been enduring. That must be an uncomfortable situation. A root canal treatment is designed to remove any infection from a tooth. In order for it to have infected your salivary gland, or for that matter any other part of your body, there would need to be an active infection.
Root Canal Treatments do sometimes fail. So it is possible there is an active infection there. My advice would be to schedule an emergency dental appointment with your dentist and have him or her do an x-ray to diagnose whether there is even an infection there to begin with.
If there is not an active infection there, it would be impossible for that to be the cause of your salivary glands. In that case, I would have your doctors do some further research.
On the other hand, if there is an active infection, it means root canal failure and you will need a second root canal treatment. I will warn you, the chances of a successful result go down with each successive attempt. If the second one fails as well, it is generally better to just extract the tooth at that point.
When that happens you will want to replace the tooth after a reasonable period of healing. There are quite a few tooth replacement options available these days. However, if you are wanting the best option, which is also the closest to having a healthy natural tooth again, then I would suggest you look into a dental implant.
Best of luck in getting to the bottom of this!
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