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Infection on my tooth

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Patient
Posted by: amybell  (9 years ago)
Dear Doc,

Last week, I've had a wisdom tooth and a molar adjacent to it pulled out. They were badly decayed and infected. The healing process went on without any problem. My problem is the tooth beside the extracted ones. I cannot bite down on it, it's over sensitive to hot and cold, it hurts when I touch it with my tongue. My dentist thinks that the infection has spread over to this tooth,too. He want to try a root canal but he cannot schedule me yet because the extraction site is not fully healed yet. What can I do to prevent the infection from getting worse? In case the tooth is no longer repairable, I would have a big gap from the three extracted teeth. Any suggestion on how can I deal with this?

Thanks a lot for this forum site!
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Dentist
Dear amybell!

During a tooth extraction procedure it can happen that the neighbouring teeth suffer from sensitive tooth necks due to increased exposure. This results in discomfort when in contact with wind, or hot and cold sensations.

However, this is only temporary, and as soon as the gum has healed over the problem is solved.

You could perhaps try to seal the tooth neck using fluoride or argingin or gluma. If the issues subside then you know the tooth neck was at fault and not an infection.

On the bright side, this means that it will get better over time and a root canal is not necessary!

All the best!
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: amybell  (9 years ago)
Wow, thanks Doc! I am quite relieved. I will wait a little bit more and I hope it will get better!

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