Dull pain above upper tooth (4th from the back) started slowly 2 days ago. Not sensitive to hot/cold. Today had slight swelling of face in that area; tender to touch. By tonight a pea size lump has appeared on the gum above the tooth, (this appeared withing just a few hours.) Painful while it was sufacing, but feels much better now. Face still swollen, but not as tender.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 04 - March - 2011, at 19:40 PM

  • Normally the pain goes when swelling is there but that does not mean that infection is not there. If you donot start with treatment or antibiotics then the swelling can increase. So it better to contact a dentist asap.

  • Helen Fowler

    Helen Fowler 04 - March - 2011, at 11:05 AM

  • Thank you for your help. This morning the lump is gone, no pain, but face is still swollen. Can this wait til Monday?

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 04 - March - 2011, at 10:24 AM

  • It looks like that your upper second premolar is infected. It can be because of decay. As you donot have any hot n cold sensation, it means the tooth has become non vital and pus formation is there. The pea size lump is the abscess which is formed on the tooth. For this you have to visit dentist, who will do clinical examination and take xray and find out the extent of decay. This tooth will require Root Canal Treatment. The abscess can only be drained out by Root Canal Treatment. For more info on RCT you can read this article... www.identalhub.com/article_when-is-root-canal-treatment-required-294.aspx

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