July 4th! Need QUICK answer!!
I am scheduled to have an extraction of #30 tomorrow. I have all 4 root canals done and a post in that tooth. For about 1 year the tooth had a slight ache. Two weeks ago it flared to a sizeable abscess on the cheek side of the gum. Have been on 875 mg of Amoxicillin for all two weeks twice a day. The abscess has subsided but still present. It appears there is a focal point on the gum abscess. No swelling of the gum on the tongue side. I do not have any pain.
Radiographs show a darkened area between the roots, which has been there for over 5 years.
They want to extract. I feel that if the abscess was drained the area might heal and I could save the tooth but realize this could happen again. The thought is that the root is cracked below the crown, which of course, we can not see.
What is the worst that can happen if I have them drain it and leave it alone? Could the area heal enough for me to retain the tooth? I am 69 and hate to lose this tooth. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!