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A 27-year-old male asked:

I hv a hard abscess in molar gum.. dentist make a opening in tooth before root canal 5 days ago, nw swelling remain half.. how much time takes to go??

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
A few days: Once the abscess is drained, most symptoms go away quickly, within a few days. If the abscess is still in the gums, your dentist may suggest that you rinse with warm salt water a few times a day or you may need antibiotics to help fighting infection. Regardless, the abscess will not be cured unless the cause is completely eliminated.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Hard lump: The hard lump is a collection of pus. Opening tooth allows for drainage. May require antibiotics and/or surgical drainage. Can't be cured, however, without Root Canal Treatment or extraction to remove the causative infected tissues. If swelling does not completely abate, services of a root canal specialist, an Endodontist, may be in order.

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