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Hello everyone. Just after a bit of advice and reassurance really.
Back in April I developed a tooth infection due to a bad filling which resulted in an abscess. I wasn't in much pain but my gum was swollen. I was travelling at the time and ended up trying to ignore it as it was difficult and expensive to get treatment whilst travelling. I then developed a pimple on the gum (fistula). I finally went to the dentist a couple of weeks ago and she said the tooth can't be saved so may as well extract it (btw, it was a second premolar). She didn't give me any antibiotics and she said she could easily numb me as my gum was swollen but nothing else. She was right and she only gave me 2 injections when I finally had it out last Thursday (one week ago) and it was an easy extraction. Again she didn't prescribe me antibiotics as the tooth came out with the abscess attached to the root (she showed me) and said my body was just clear up the rest of the infection itself as the source was removed. She then just sent me home and the extraction site is healing as it should. I've had to pain apart from the slight bruising usually associated with an extraction. The pimple has also gone which I consider to be a good sign however the swelling on my gum is exactly the same as it was when I still had the tooth in! It's hard and doesn't hurt when pressed. Is this normal? Surely it's a good sign that the pimple is gone? Means the infection is clearing? I'm just a bit concerned as I'm not on antibiotics and just wondering if the gum is still swollen just because I left the abscess for so long so the hard swelling just might take a bit of time to go down? Any reassurance would be great! Thanks
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