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My 13 year old son has to have three root fillings on his lower front teeth in order to try to stop a gum infection. He may have bumped his tooth a couple of years ago. He has no pain, just a white lump with comes up. He has an innocent heart murmur and coeliac disease. Are root fillings safe for him as I've heard bacteria can collect inside the root? ...Visitor from Gloucester, England, United Kingdom

It is tough when a young man like yours has to have extensive dentistry at such a young age. The good part is that it can be performed in today's environment.

I am not sure that you have a good understanding of what is going on however. We usually do not do root canal treatments for gum or periodontal infections.

From what I believe I understand about your son's situation it sounds like he has infection in the tooth and that has worked it's way out in a fistula where you can see it now. Especially in situations like his where he has other medical problems he needs to have that infection removed soon. The root canal treatments if successful will help with this.

I would suggest that you get back with your dentist and ask that you have a chance to sit down and get a thorough understanding of what will be involved before the treatment is begun.

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