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What is a dental fistula?

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Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
Infection: A dental fistula is caused by an infection. The infection discharges through the fistula.
Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry 26 years experience
Infection pimple : It looks like a pimple on the gums near your an infected tooth. You usually notice a bump on your gums, and when you press it, pus comes out! fistula's need to be treated by a dentist. The tooth needs to be extracted or have a root canal procedure. Sometimes fistula's are painless but if left untreated the infection will increase and cause tooth and face pain.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 33 years experience
If you have this- see your dentist right away to avoid a major facial swelling.
Nov 10, 2012
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Natural Drainage: A fistula is the body's mechanism to drain an infection. It appears as a hole/pimple above or in the area of an infection. They are not only found in the mouth, but are most commonly detected in the oral cavity. Your dentist has techniques that allow them to tract the fistula channel to discover the source of the infection and recommend treatment. If present, seek care ASAP.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Dental fistula : also called a parulis or a gum boil caused by infection at the base of the tooth's root. It is a channel that formed within the bone and gum tissue to drain the infection. the treatment is to eliminate the source of the infection. Ask your dentist for more information.

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Is a dental fistula an emergency?

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Dr. SHERYL POMERANCE
Cosmetic Dentistry 41 years experience
Dental fistula: This is an emergency! a fistula means that an infection has been there so long that it has destroyed the bone from the inside out. This is a sign of a chronic infection which stresses the immune systmen and can cause acchange in insuin levelsand can.

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