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Abcess in lower gum tissue

06/13/2005

Question:

I have an abcess in the soft tissue below my tooth. My tooth has never hurt while I`ve had this. My dentist thinks the tooth should be pulled (I`m 45 and it`s a baby tooth, lower front). The abcess is in the gum at the bottom of the tooth root. Is there something other than pulling the tooth to get rid of the infection?

Answer:

It is most probably that the abscess is coming from the root apex. These teeth generally have partially resorbed roots, and it is impossible to do root canal treatment on them. Thus, extraction may be the only way to treat the abscess.

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Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University