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Was wondering if your gum can become infected because a filling chipped, can it cause a root canal?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: By itself, no

You can develop an infection in the gums if food debris is left between the tooth and the gums, allowing bacteria to grow and use the food as a food source.
Your gums can also seem infected as a result of an abscess of a tooth that has found a way through the bone and gums and causes swelling at the exit portal.By itself, a chipped tooth wont cause gum infection.

In brief: By itself, no

You can develop an infection in the gums if food debris is left between the tooth and the gums, allowing bacteria to grow and use the food as a food source.
Your gums can also seem infected as a result of an abscess of a tooth that has found a way through the bone and gums and causes swelling at the exit portal.By itself, a chipped tooth wont cause gum infection.
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Dr. Jason Schermer
Dentistry

In brief: Yes and yes.

Yes and yes. See your dentist.

In brief: Yes and yes.

Yes and yes. See your dentist.
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