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Abscess tooth can be dangerous. Especially for someone with a mechanical heart valve.

I found out Monday while getting my teeth cleaned that I have a problem with an old root canal. I had no pain but for several months had felt something like a little bump on my gum. It would go away in a day or so. My Dentist sent me to a root canal doc the next day. He drilled through the cap and the terrible odor hit me. He spent almost 3 hours cleaning out the root canals. He filled them twice with antibiotics then flushed it. After all that he only charged $125, for he wasn't sure I wouldn't still lose the tooth. He said the charge would be more if he saved the tooth.
I have a mechanical aorta heart valve and of course I pre-medicate before all dental procedures. But if the tooth has to be pulled I may have to go off warfarin... I don't like that risk but if the tooth has to come out, it comes out. I'm on antibiotics and will be for the next 10 days.
So get it checked out ASAP and good luck!

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