My daughter is 7. She had a filling on a pre-molar about 6 weeks ago. Today she has a small red lump directly above the affected tooth, and I can also see a black spot on the biting surface. When I pressed the tooth, some white pus came out of the gum lump. She says it only hurts if she touches it. Is this an abscess and if so does it mean the tooth has to be extracted?
But if there is an abscess, doesn't that mean the tooth is dead and needs to be removed?
How do you know it's not an abscess in the tooth? I can see something on the biting surface, and when I press on the tooh, pus comes out of the gum.
Won't this just keep on happening, even if this infection is controlled?
Sorry for the questions - I am just trying to understand, so that I know a bit more before seeing the dentist this afternoon. Thank you.
I hope so.
If it does need to be extracted, how easy is that with a local rather than GA?