I saw mention of chronic absess and I would like to know what that is.
I had a swollen gum a month ago. Saw the dentist(I'm careful as I am a type 2 diabetic) He took an xray and said he didn't see anything, that maybe there was a crack below the crown on the tooth. I thought I had food caught-that has happened before in that area. He gave me antibiotics, told me to use salt water eight times a day and when it cleared up to see a dr. about an implant.
Because of the diabetes, I heal slowly. After a month the white swollen bump was gone-I did everything he suggested and used a water pik and electric toothbrush (and flossed several times a day) as well. Went back for a cleaning, and a check up of the gum. He said (after exploring with a pick) that it looked perfect, I was probably right, food had been caught between the crowned tooth and gum line. Said I could cancel the appt with the other dentist and to continue what I had been doing. Three days later, I again had a swollen gum. I think it was because he picked at the area..
I am back to using salt water, etc. It doesn't hurt like the first time (not at all this time) but it does appear to have fluid that comes out when I push on the area with a q-tip that has mouthwash on it.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
Last edited by Daisy147; 12-22-2007 at 01:59 PM.
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