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Abscess in an extraction hole

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Posted by: DoitWell  (10 years ago)


When I had my tooth pulled last year, a small piece of the tooth was left in my gum. It didn’t give me any problem until three days ago, I developed an abscess in the gum from where the tooth was pulled. I am taking Ibuprofen for the pain but it’s not working too much. Could this be related to the small part of the tooth left in my gums when I had an extraction? Please help!!! Thanks!
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Posted by: Novocaine  (10 years ago)
Hey doitwell,

By 'small piece of the tooth', did you mean root tips? In any case, you could be right and this could be the 'remaining portion' of your tooth making an infectious comeback. I wouldn't be hasty to rule out other factors that could trigger a similar condition but without a proper diagnostic test, I can't be sure. So back to your dentist or better an oral surgeon and you could have this abscess drained, put on antibiotics and extract the roots if possible.

Take care!

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Posted by: DoitWell  (10 years ago)
Hello Novocaine,

Yes, it was a root tip. The dentist did not take it out because it was sitting on a nerve. I am worried about a possible nerve damage if I'll have this pulled. I highly hope draining the abscess and taking antibiotics will permanently resolve the issue.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (10 years ago)

If it has been determined by your dental surgeon that this is indeed an infection caused by your retained root tips, an extraction would be pretty easy IMO as your body (as a result of the infection) would have already dislodged the roots to a point where it wouldn't be impinging on your alveolar nerve.

Draining the abscess and putting you on antibiotic is priority number one. Be well!