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A 31-year-old female asked:

seen dentist because of side head and jaw/ teeth pain. he took x-ray and said there is space around the root? what does this mean?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Abraham Thomas
Dentistry 28 years experience
Abcess/bone loss: Without more information, it sounds like you have an abcessed tooth and/or bone loss around the tooth.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
May also be a cyst
Feb 17, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Gingival abscess: A gum abscess usually requires treatment; otherwise it can worsen and result in the destruction of the surrounding tissue. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment ASAP.
Dr. Stephen Pyle
Dentistry 39 years experience
Widened ligament?: Sounds like their is a widened periodontal ligament space around the tooth; the ligament can become inflamed due to irritation. Most commonly an early abscess (root canal) or heavy bite (adjust occlusion).

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