Teeth are hard to clean with a brace. I’ve bought loads of different brushes but invariably end up forcing the electric toothbrush into positions that hurt the gums. Especially when cleaning the molars. About a month ago, I noticed a lump on the gum and thought it might be an ulcer, except it didn’t hurt.
My solution was to wait to see if it went away.
Well it didn’t go away, so I thought I’d look up the options. Turns out, the most likely thing is a type of abcess called a peridontal abcess. These form when he root infection breaks out through the gum wall. The solution is a root canal.
So, back to the dentists to see what the lump is, and what can be done.
At first, because there is no associated pain, an X-ray of the tooth was taken and various spiky tools were used to prod the lump. Mild discomfort. The X-ray showed dark shadow around the roots, so the conclusion was that a root canal should be booked in.
To be honest, I felt this coming – this is the tooth I’ve had trouble with before, and wrote a series of blog posts last year when the infection was very painful. This year, I get an abcess without the pain. Perhaps pressure is relieved by having an abcess ?
Anyway, I’ve been prescribed amoxycillin and need to return for a root canal. The RC1 operation is booked for the end of the month. The RC2 happens 1 week later.
What fun. Still, if it solves the problem, that’s all good. The abcess has already gone down after just one day of taking the anti-biotics.
Let’s hope there’s no pain while I wait for the first stage of the root canal.