Hi everyone! What an amazing site this is...I've visited it before after getting root canal done quite a while ago.
Here's another sob story from someone who is crap at looking after their teeth.
I haven't been registered with a dental practice for about 6 years. When I got the root canal treatment done, that was with an emergency dentist. I've moved to a new town (Bristol, UK) to start university, and 4 weeks into the course, I have grown a strange lump on my gum! No longer can I ignore the slightly less than perfect state of my teeth.
I'll try to describe it...
It is on the outside of my gum, and it's right between one of my lower wisdom teeth and its neighbouring molar. The wisdom tooth is impacted and when I shine a torch into my mouth I can see what looks like a small cavity in the middle of it. The molar seems ok to me - no gaping holes!
The lump appeared two days ago, and has stayed the same size since. The great news is it doesn't hurt, even if I poke it and squish it around. Unfortunately it looks and feels like it's full of fluid...whether the fluid is puss or something more innocent, I do not know!
At the moment I'm only feeling mild discomfort due to the slight swelling - although if I run my hand firmly under my chin and along the jawbone I do feel a slight pinch when I get to the site of the swelling......
I'm thinking this is an abscess? It does seem weird to me that I'm not in severe screaming pain...does that happen with abscesses?
I don't have any classes tomorow, so first thing in the morning I'll start shopping for a dentist locally...I've seen a couple of promising websites already. Based on the sketchy information I've given you, how much do you think I'll have to pay to get myself out of hot water here? I was thinking maybe £60 for my first assessment then something like £150 for a wisdom tooth extraction?
I probably won't get seen till next week, so in the meantime I'm keeping the area as clean as possible and rinsing with clorhexidine...sound good?