Oral Health

Posted by: Vanessa | 2009/08/13



I have a tooth that keeps getting an abscess on.

Recently, I got an abscess, went to the dentist, he drilled a hole into my tooth for the abscess to drain.

The abscess didnt drain and 2 days later my entire face was swollen, I was taken to hospital for an emergency apisectomy.
The hole behind the tooth stayed open for 6 weeks after the op.
I was told to not have any activity, dental or otherwise for 6 weeks.

Once the 6 weeks had passed, i noticed swelling on my gum - booked a dentist appointment.
When I go to the dentist I showed him the swelling and he was shocked that the tooth had been open all this time.
He told me the swelling was due to the tooth being open.

He filled the tooth and I left.

It has been 9 weeks since the op and I have an abscess once again.
I was told telephonically yesterday that the apisectomy has failed and they will need to remove the tooth and put an implant in etc.

I want to know if this is because the tooth was open the entire time after the 1st apisectomy.

Should they not rather re-do the apisectomy, go in and clean out the cavity etc. now that the tooth is closed?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

In my opinion it is better to have the tooth extracted.

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Posted by: Vanessa | 2009/08/13

I think a failed root canal treatment

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