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Is surgery necessary to drain out the pus from broken tooth?

Q: My 1.6 years old son has a broken tooth after he fell from some height 11 months back. After some treatment he became fine. But last month, he developed swelling on his face. After three days, pus start coming out and swelling went down. A wound is formed at that place and the doctor has prescribed antibiotic but that wound still persists and pus comes out occasionally. We consulted another doctor who suggested that because of trauma the broken tooth is dead and as child is too small of age so he needs to give general anaesthesia. He will do either root canal or remove the tooth as per the situation. Is it safe to give anaesthesia to my child? If yes, what precautions should we take?

A:If anaesthesia is safe for your child or not would be assessed by the anaesthetist. Surgery is the only option as the pus needs to be drained from the tooth either by RCT or extraction. Too much antibiotics is not good for a child and would not cure the infection until the drainage is carried out.


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