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My left top canine tooth has a tiny swollen spot 1/8 in above the outer gum line that is sensitive, as if there is something behind my gum... ideas?

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Dr. TED FEDER answered

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This could be a parulis, or gum boil. It is the result of a deeper irritation or infection working and draining its way out. You should have the area examined by a dentist to see if the tooth is "going bad" or maybe some food became imbedded.

Answered Oct 29, 2012

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Dr. Harvey Shiffman answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Could be the beginning of an abscess, best to have your dentist check it befor eit gets worse.

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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