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Old 07-23-2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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Unhappy Large lump over front teeth?

I have a large lump over my left big tooth. It appeared 3 days ago and now it's puffy and a yellowish color. 5 days ago, the tooth to the left to my left big tooth started hurting, and (due to the fact I have my wisdom teeth) assumed that my wisdom teeth were pushing against the other teeth. Now my left big tooth is loose, (it is an adult tooth) as well as the tooth next to it. We know that the lump is an Absess (or whatever it is) but could it be from my wisdom teeth? I'll admit that my oral hygine could be better, but I still brush often. What should I do and what should I expect when I go to the dentist? My left big tooth also has a fixed chip (the chipped tooth happened about 5 years ago. )

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Re: Large lump over front teeth?

You do need to get to a dentist ASAP. It's doubtful if your wisdom teeth are causing this. When they erupt they will crowd teeth and make them go crooked but they can't get a front tooth infected from this. If the tooth is already loose you may be loosing bone support from the infection. Only your dentist will know this after he takes an xray. How much bone supporting the tooth and the teeth on either side will determine the next step.

Many times a through cleaning will tighten the tooth up but if too much bone is lost you will have to make a decision as to what to do next. A bridge may work if both teeth on either side have enough bone to support a bridge or an implant where the one tooth is replaced is a great choice. Once too much bone is lost, the tooth will eventually just fall out.

Hopefully, there will still be enough bone to help tighten the tooth back up. Whatever you do, DON'T wiggle it! You can only do more damage.

PLEASE make an appt sooner rather than later. That tooth's future and the neighboring ones depends on it.

Good luck and let us know how you do.
My best to you,

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