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My 6 year old daughter has a swelling above one of her premolars. She has no pain. She's on antibiotics from the dentist and is to go back in 5 days to have it extracted. This seems drastic for a 6 year old. Is there any other treatment? ...Lesley in Buckinghamshire, England

Lesley, whenever an abcess is present, the tooth does need to be extracted. The source of the infection is the tooth and if the tooth does not come out, the infection will come and go (with the antibiotics, it will go away and then re-appear).

I know that the treatment sounds drastic; but it is the best and only way to treat the problem. Your daughter will also need a space maintainer to prevent the teeth from shifting. I hope this has helped.

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