Swollen gum around one tooth- please look

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MollyMc

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In the last couple of days the gum has become red and a bit sore around one tooth- this tooth has a small buccal filling which has been there for years. The tooth does not hurt.

I am extremely careful with cleaning (brushing and flossing x 2 a day, use electric toothbrush etc).

I can’t see my dentist about this because they are all still shut. I’m so worried this means there is decay under the buccal filling and something awful is going to happen 😩. On photographing the tooth I have noted a small dark dot towards the back of the filling on the tooth.

What can I do about this in the absence of practicing dentists? I am using corsodyl and trying to keep the area even cleaner than usual.
Thank you
 

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Thank you - it could be something stuck possibly? I have tried to clean thoroughly but could try a water flosser. Is it unlikely to be infection associated with the tooth?
 
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To me it doesn't look like an abscess/infection associated with the tooth, and the symptoms don't really match the usual intense pain associated with an abscess, but I'm not a dentist. Would you like me to move this into the Ask a Dentist section?
 
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That would be wonderful, many thanks! P.s I appreciate your advice
 
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Let's is right, (as usual!) doesn't look like any kind of infection, doesn't look like decay so something has irritated the gum a bit. It doesn't have to be anything physically stuck in there, even catching it the wrong way with your toothbrush could do it.
 
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Thank you so much both for your reassurance! Much appreciated, especially in the current situation
 
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