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A 59-year-old female asked:

I have a slight swelling at the base of a 2 year old crown and root canal...no discharge or pain. not red or white bump just larger than other gums .

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Justin Nelson
Pediatric Dentistry 17 years experience
Depends: depends, if it it is just at the base of the crown you might just have a localized case of gingivitis in that area due to food trapping, lack of brushing well etc. I would just monitor the area as I continue to brush normal (with a little more attention given to that area) & if it get worse (where ibuprofen does not help pain) I would see my local dentist. No worries
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Many possibilities: Possibilities include, but not limited to, failed root canal, fractured tooth, recurrent decay, food impaction, gum abscess, traumatic incident, burn, etc. please see your Dentist for differential diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Don't try to self-diagnose and self-treat. Get professional help.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Hard or soft?: If it is hard, it could be a benign bony exostosis. If soft, it could be a number of things either endodontic or periodontal in origin. Either way your local dentist needs to see it and evaluate it... can't be done over the internet.

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