Gum swollen and covering broken tooth


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Last year the filling in a root canal came out. It was redone and lasted a while before coming out again. The dentist said it would need to be extracted but she couldn’t do it and she filled it temporarily with a white substance that hardened. That lasted a few weeks and then fell out. Since then parts of my tooth have been breaking off but I wasn’t having any pain it just caused the gums to swell.

I contacted my dentist and explained and they said they weren’t seeing anyone due to Covid. She sent me some antibiotics to take. A few days ago, the final part of my tooth has come out. All that is left is the tooth that is just visible on the gum line.

Now the gum has swollen so much it’s almost covering the tooth and there is a large hard lump next to the tooth. My dentist still isn’t seeing anyone. Do I need to see an emergency dentist?. I know I will need to have the root removed but my dentist said they wouldn’t do it because of Covid.
 

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Yes, see the emergency dentist as soon as you can. The remaining roots needs to be removed. Don't take antibiotics unless your cheek or jaw starts to swell.
 
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Yes, see the emergency dentist as soon as you can. The remaining roots needs to be removed. Don't take antibiotics unless your cheek or jaw starts to swell.
Thank you for the reply. Will they extract the root given the current climate?. Also will it need surgery?. I’ve been dental phobic all my life hence the missing teeth. I’m hoping to get implants once I improve my oral health.
 

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Your dentist may refer you depending on his/her comfort level (it is a straight forward case for many experienced dentists even with the previous root canal). Talk to your dentist/specialist about sedation options.
 
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I sent some photographs to my dentist and she said I have to have more antibiotics and she is going to refer me to have the tooth removed. I’ve already had two lots of antibiotics and don’t really want to take a third lot in three weeks.
 

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