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#1 MamaBearTeacher

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:32 AM

My 6-year old son developed a bubble-like bump on his gum above his top front tooth. It lasted a couple of months and recently got a bit smaller and now it doesn't look like a bubble. The doctor said it was a cyst and refered him to an ears/throat specialist but the appointment isn't right away. What caused this? Is it bad?

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:14 AM

Has the dentist seen it? My dh had one and it was an abscess.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:17 AM

My 8yo has an appointment with the dentist tomorrow for a "spot" that hasn't gone away on its own. It doesn't seem to bother her, but we want to make sure it isn't an abscess. They can be very, very serious!

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:19 AM

Take him to a Dentist. It's probably an abscess. He may have bumped his tooth. I'm surprised your doctor didn't refer you to a dentist even if it is a cyst?

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:27 AM

My daughter has had several abcesses, and that's just what they looked like. They didn't really seem to bother her much either. (?!) The dentist pulled the abcessed teeth and put crowns on the teeth behind with spacers attached to keep the spot open for the adult tooth to move up into when it's time.

(P.S. YES I brush her teeth and get them cleaned at the dentist regularly! She just has really bad teeth. Strangely, my sister has a little girl just a few months older who has had the exact same problems with the exact same teeth. The little cousins are thrilled to have matching hardware in their mouths. My brother has a bunch of shiny gold teeth (rather admired by the little girls with the metal mouths) because quite a few of his adult teeth grew in without any enamel on them. Seriously, it's not my fault, I swear!)

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:10 PM

Does the tooth always have to be pulled if it is an abscess? If not, what is the treatment? The doctor said "cyst". Is that different from abscess? It's not that close to the tooth.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:15 PM

Does the tooth always have to be pulled if it is an abscess? If not, what is the treatment? The doctor said "cyst". Is that different from abscess? It's not that close to the tooth.


I don't think it always has to be pulled...sometimes they will try antibiotics first.

I think a cyst is fully encapsulated and an abcess is an infected pocket.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:22 PM

If the root is cracked, it will need to be pulled. Or it may need a root canal. They call it something else when it is pediatric. But the dentist will take x-rays and figure it out for you.

I'm dealing with one that potentially has a cracked root according to the oral surgeon. I'm giving it one more round of antibiotics before I let them pull it. :(

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:42 PM

If it goes away on its own will it still require antibiotics?

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:19 PM

Ds4 had something like that this spring. I took him to the dentist, and he assured me that it was no big deal. It went away on its own.:001_smile: Hope it's that easy for you, too.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:40 PM

If it goes away on its own will it still require antibiotics?


If it is an infection or cracked tooth, it won't go away on its own. A dentist will be able to tell you for sure and may choose to just watch it rather than treat it.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 03:39 PM

If it is an abscess, sometimes they can just drain it and treat with anti-biotics.


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