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What causes an abscess in the tooth?

My dentist thinks I may have an abscessed tooth because their is a cyst (pus filled) where I had a tooth extracted. It doesn t hurt, not sensitive to cold - x-ray is inconclusive, the tooth is not loose, I can eat withpout pain. My guess is - I got a piece of food caught where in that pocket 2 weeks ago. I swished with hydrogen peroxide and poked and pfrobed with my own dental instruments. In fact, if I hadn t poked - I don t think it would have gotten infected. The cyst has only been there about a week. My question is I have heart burn. I ve had it long before the cyst appeared. Could my heartburn be related to possible abscess and if I had an abscess for awhile - wouldn t I have known it?
Thu, 18 Sep 2014
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Hello,

Thanks for consulting HCM

Read your query abscees in tooth can be due to periodontal problem that is infection in your gums or ot could be due to carious tooth , decayed tooth causing periapical abscess . As you are asking about heart burn this heart burn could not be due to abscess .
If you have abscess in tooth then you should consult dental surgeon for examination of tooth and investigations of iopa xray to rule out the diagnosis .
Inmeantime do warm saline rinses 2 -3 times a day .

Hope this will help you.
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