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Pulp Left After Tooth Fell Out? My 12 year old son lost a bottom tooth about 3 weeks ago.

When it fell out (it had been loose for a long time), there was a pointed, red "cone" of gum tissue still sticking up. I'm thinking it was the pulp of the tooth?

The dentist took an xray and said to come back in 2 weeks because maybe it'll need to be removed. It has since gone down, but now it's just a dark red round spot flat on his gums where the hole of the tooth should be.

Should I leave it alone? Will it go away? And is this normal? Does he have to have it removed? It only hurts if he pushes on it with his tongue. ...Visitor from PA

It sounds like the remnant of some periodontal ligament tissue.

The smart thing to do would be to consult with a periodontist to assure that any excess tissue is removed and that no complications will arise for the secondary, replacement tooth to emerge later.

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