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could this swelling around one molar be caused by an abscessed tooth? i have a molar on the left side of the mouth where the gum is incredibly swollen and tender around it. it hurts to eat, brush or do anything around that tooth, and i'm wondering if this

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Dr. Michael Wollock
28 years experience Dentistry
Seattle, It : Seattle, it could be. It could also be pericoronitis, a localized gum infection usually around the lose tissue of a partially erupted third molar. Either way, see your dentist for treatment. Infections can spread, and can (rarely) become life threatening. It is nothing to mess with. Hope that is helpful, michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow dentistry at suburban square 610-649-0313 www.Dentistryatsuburbansquare.Com.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016

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