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Bumps on gums

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Patient
Posted by: sadjie  (8 years ago)
Dear Doc,

I had a root canal done a couple of years ago and now, I developed bumps on the gum that is located above the root canal treated tooth. Lately, I noticed that when I drink hot coffee, this tooth
is very sensitive. Sometimes there is a throbbing pain. Can somebody tell me what this is, please?

I would appreciate your answers!
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Dentist
Hello!

It could be due to an apical infection; meaning an infection around the root tip of the tooth. The root canal must not have been successful, or you got an infection, for example as a result of leaky fillings.

What often happens in these kinds of treatments is that the filling is “cheap” and not flawlessly executed. Over the years the filling can become leaky – this happens painlessly so you won’t realise it – and the consequence is that the previously treated root canal becomes contaminated again from bacteria in your mouth.

I would find a good dentist and get it checked out!

All the best!
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: sadjie  (8 years ago)
Thank you Doc. I hope the tooth will not end up in extraction.
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