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Last month my dd found a "bump" , not painful, above a non-permanent molar, and the clinic dentist thinks it is because she had a deep filling there a year ago, and it got infected. After some he drained it and we did antibiotics, the bump went away. She couldn't get it pulled right awayb/c the free clinic is so jammed, but in two weeks she is due in to get it pulled and put a spacer in b/c the big molar isn't due for a few years.
But with everything fine in her mouth again, no visible sign of infection, I feel reluctant to go through with the pulling. She is nervous about it. And wouldn't it be great if the infection just never returned, and she could keep it in?
Any experiences to share, either with not pulling or with eventually needing to pull?
Any advice on ways to keep infection from returning? Maybe more vit c, more xylitol products...?
I'm going to suggest that many folks are "walking around with hidden infection" and are fine.
There are many ways to address the issue, both systemically and topically. There are risks that the infection could progress also.
Hi! I left a long message to the dentist, asking him to look at the xray again for bone loss just as discussed here(he did stare at it at length during our visit, but didnt mention anything about bone less and I didn't know to ask--he is a young guy doing some kind of community service at the free clinic--hopefully the bone loss issue is a simple, easy one since he's not quite an expert dentist I would think), and I joined an alternative teeth list and am hoping for responses there--thanks so much ladies! We'll see how things develop.
We are an RU family, so the choice is dd's...She is always very open to medical advice, and is just ambivalent now--would kinda suck to get it pulled (she actually elected to get her front teeth pulled after they were loose for 4 months--she hates to wiggle and welcomed the procedure, so no big phobia there !), would kinda suck to be always wondering if another 'bump' was on the way and to have mama suggesting lots of measures she might not enjoy, i.e. supplements, xylitol...
Really, thank you for responding--very helpful!
I hope we can keep it! Wouldn't that be nice...
The fistula is probably draining any minor infection out ( it popped when that yellowish pimple looking thing went away) If that little flistual gets blocked again the swelling will come back. Did your dentist mention a pulpotomy? Its basiclly a baby root canal that takes out the infected nerve of the tooth and replace it with a filling then usually crowned w/ a stainless steel crown. Also when the dentist calls back ask how close the permenant toot is under the infected baby tooth. In some cases when the baby tooth is taken out too soon they need to put in a space maintainer so the teeth dont shift.
I would not just leave it if it were my child. Some treatment needs to be chosen
I don't mean to be nitpicky here, but just want to have accuracy. If the tooth is infected and nerve treatment is elected to try to save the tooth, a pulpectomy will be needed. You probably meant this but wanted to make this note.
Here are the differences between the two:
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You are right on though otherwise. Space maintainer may need to be done if the tooth is removed. Very good there.
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