I have a question about a recent treatment done for my daughter. She has two unilateral salivary gland infections. Both have occurred in the last six months. So I am wondering if it is possible for the packing from a root canal treatment to leak and infect these glands? We have had some additional x-rays done, but nothing showed up to be abnormal. We are stumped as to what is causing this reoccurring infection and can’t help but wonder if it’s due to the two root canals and crowns she has done near the gland in her lower jaw.
- Les in Colorado
That is an interesting question and it is understandable that you are questioning the root canal treatment process. It isn’t out of the realm of possibilities that a tooth infection could spread into the salivary gland. That said, the tooth would have had to be infected. The thing is that the tooth with the root canal treatment should not be infected if it successfully healed. This would have shown up on the dental x-ray.
Therefore, the answer to your question is no. It doesn’t sound like there is any correlation between your daughter’s salivary gland infection and her recent root canal treatments. Since the root canal did not fail, it is not possible that the infection spread.
Best of luck. Hopefully this information is helpful as you try to further pinpoint the cause.
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