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Infected wisdom tooth

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Posted by: LMariP  (8 years ago)
A few months ago, I had an infection caused by bacteria accumulating under the gum flap cause by my growing wisdom tooth (peri-something?). The dentist cleaned the tooth, prescribed antibiotics and advised rinsing with salt water. I am currently travelling and feel that an infection is brewing again under the same gum flap. I have been cleaning the area with a small brush (blood is coming out but no pus or gunk like last time) and have begun a course of broad spectrum antibiotics which I bought along in case of this situation.
Should I visit a dentist or should my self-treatment be enough to address the infection?
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Posted by: Serendipity14  (8 years ago)
Hi there, I think it would be best to see a dentist immediately - just to be sure that no other reasons or infections are causing the blood to come out of the area. According to a post I read on thisisdentistry.co.uk, bleeding is one of the problems that can occur post-extraction (or the wisdom tooth); better to be on the safe side rather than to deal with a worse situation later on. :( Good luck!
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