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Question:
Many years ago, I had a root canal done on a back left molar. The dentist filled my tooth with some funky blue medicated? substance. I was supposed to return to have a post and crown put in, but never did. Since then, the blue filling has fallen out and there is a shell of a tooth left.

My problem is.... now I have tenderness and slight numbness in my gum/jawline, near that tooth. I also feel a mass/swelling in that area. Could it be an abcess? I'm starting to worry, as it feels like a cyst or tumor (I'm 43 and an ovarian cancer survivor). ...Lauri in NJ

Answer:
Lauri, your description worries me. You need to go to see your dentist, or an oral surgeon, or an endodontic specialist. You should have a Panorex X-Ray and P.A. X.r. taken right away. Most likely (hopefully) it is just your root canal tooth possibly breaking/fracturing inside the jaw bone. You may not be able to save it, but I guess that would be a small problem compared to a mass. Good luck!

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